Anne McElvoy

Playing the Wall game

Ella Hickson’s new play is a clever—and technically inventive—portrayal of East Germany in the 1960s

Miller’s tales and Nordic gloom

Willy Loman is back in town, still pursuing the American dream, while Ibsen’s unhappy ghosts return too

All boys together in Pinterworld

A new production of Betrayal reminds us of the playwright’s insights into male relationships

Spoiled for choice

Joshua Harmon’s new play about the struggle to get into top American universities could not be more timely

Molière still hits the spot

The classic Tartuffe transposed to Highgate provides a witty commentary on post-crash London

Thrashing out a few solutions

New plays on Broadway and at the Royal Court take on gay coming of age and corporal punishment

Underrated: Wolf Biermann

The brave dissident East German singer and songwriter still standing up for freedom

A nuanced take on immigration

A new play about a bereaved London Caribbean family avoids the preachiness of much contemporary drama

Porgy’s blessed: songs, cast, dance

George Gershwin’s masterpiece is revealed in all its splendour by ENO’s sprightly new co-production

Everyday story of Trump’s folk

Stephen Karam’s Broadway hit about a family at the mercy of the market resonates in London too

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"