Theatre (historical, drama)

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Discovering James Boswell’s lost journals, an ambitious 20th-century woman cannot resist his literary charms whilst reading of his wild and woolly adventures in A Tour of the Scottish Hebrides. Speaking through his diaries, Boswell encourages her to live her own life. Falling in love with the lively narratives, she sees a person, time and landscape wondrously revealed – as well as the possibility for a more authentic life. Heart and mind spar wittily in this delightful new adaptation of her own work by playwright Marie Kohler. 'One of the best voices in American theatre' (Milwaukee Magazine).

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Christine McDerment 114 days ago

This was so much better than expected and I think the group have let themselves down with their publicity material. It is so good to see a six-person play rather than a one-woman (or two people) piece, and in full costume/s as well. It was excellently cast and well acted by all, with Johnson a particularly fine performance. My one caveat would be the atrocious, mainly Irish accent put on by "Fiona".
Despite that, well worth seeing.

Joseph S. 115 days ago

The best show I have seen in the last few days at the Fringe and the best theatre performance i have seen in 2019.

Really amazing script condensating the travels of Boswell and Johnson and the research of a young academic in the 20th century. The juxtaposition of scenes worked amazingly well, creating a lively and capturing narrative.

The actors displayed an array of skills that made their characterisations utterly convincing. The play transported us to both eras despite the simple scenography.

At the end of the performance one actor asked a fellow member of the audience if she was familiar with Boswell. What we saw in those flying 80 minutes was a commemoration of Boswell and Johnson, and delight to see as a piece of theatre on its own right, theatre with capital letters.

Terri and Joe 118 days ago

Remarkable achievement - impeccable performances - text and sub-text totally convincing. Should not be missed!

Vanessa 118 days ago

Amazing show. The three main characters were great actors. Highly enjoyable. Definitely worth seeing.

Kevin Fox 123 days ago

GO to see the phenomenal American actor Brian Mani absolutely burn down the stage as Samuel Johnson. STAY to see a great new play that illuminates a corner of late 18th century Scotland through the eyes and passions of Edinburgh's own James Boswell. Do you want to find what you're looking for, or do you really want to Discover? A question of the play and maybe also a question of the Fringe!

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

Just yards from James Boswell’s Edinburgh birthplace and subsequent residence on the Lawnmarket, MHK Productions & Rhymes with Purple present his famed friendship with Samuel Johnson.Across the taverns of London, and most famously, the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, Brian Mani (Johnson) and Brian J. Gill (Boswell) create a believable...

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ScotsGay (3/5 stars) 113 days ago

If you have never heard of James Boswell, well this is the play for you because by the end you will still not know that much about him except that he was a Scottish aristocrat, a womanizer, didn’t know what to do with his life and wrote something about Samuel...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

Some unusually atmospheric technical work and skilful playing drive this ambitious “love letter to Scotland” by American playwright Marie Kohler. ...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

A 20th century American academic, Ms Weinstein, is on a mission in the UK. She is here, all the way from Chicago, to find out more about the great Englishman, Samuel Johnson. But his trail leads her to Scotland, specifically to Auchinleck Estate, which was home to his friend and...

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

"Marie Kohler’s Boswell is an interesting play, offering insight into the relationship between Boswell (Brian Gill) and Johnson (Brian Mani). As the two men embark on their famous 1773 tour of Scotland, they are joined onstage by Joanie Weinstein (Abbey Siegworth), a 1950s American academic, in the UK to research Johnson. "

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

It’s quite ballsy for an American company to stage a play about James Boswell in his home city of Edinburgh, but this proves to be a charming little production of Marie Kohler’s play about the great man.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

Look for tickets... Rather boldly, American company Rhymes with Purple and writer Marie Kohler bring this little gem of a play about the great dictionary writer Dr Johnson and his friendship with his eventual biographer James Boswell to Boswell’s home city—and it must be said they don’t do a bad...

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