Satire

Headed for the canon: Withnail and I, at the Birmingham Rep, reviewed

25 May 2024 9:00 am

After nearly 40 years, Withnail has arrived on stage. Sean Foley directs Bruce Robinson’s adaptation, which starts with a live…

Fools rush in: Mania, by Lionel Shriver, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

In an alternative universe where the Mental Parity Movement holds sway, the ignorant and unqualified are deemed ‘just as good as anyone else’ – with predictable results

Fast and furious: America Fantastica, by Tim O’Brien, reviewed

9 December 2023 9:00 am

As the avalanche of lies issuing from the White House morphs into the pandemic, Covid becomes in an engine of justice in this rollicking satire on Trumpworld

A satire on the American art world: One Woman Show, by Christine Coulson, reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Rich, pretty Kitty has been admired since childhood – but will the Park Avenue princess spend her entire life as a collectable object for connoisseurs?

Ugly and humdrum: Brokeback Mountain, at @sohoplace, reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Brokeback Mountain, a play with music, opens in a scruffy bedroom where a snowy-haired tramp finds a lumberjack’s shirt and…

An eye for the absurd

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Come for the satire, stay for the one-liners, and take succour from the hope Walter finds in a world where everyone needs an angel from time to time

Pure scorn without wit or insight: Triangle of Sadness reviewed

29 October 2022 9:00 am

The latest film from Ruben Ostlund received an eight-minute standing ovation after its screening in Cannes and also won the…

P.J. O’Rourke’s death marks the end of a great satirical era

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Fond memories of the great satirist

Scholars and spectres: The Runes Have Been Cast, by Robert Irwin, reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

It could be said that the power of a horror story depends on the possibility, however minute, of it being…

A book trade romp: Sour Grapes, by Dan Rhodes, reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Dan Rhodes’s career might be regarded as an object lesson in How Not to Get Ahead in Publishing. Our man…

Up there with Succession and Chernobyl: The White Lotus, Sky Atlantic, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Every now and then, you see a new series — Succession, say, or Chernobyl or To the Lake — which…

A mighty contest from trivial things — the quarrel between Alexander Pope and Edmund Curll

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Rapid technological advance, a dark underworld of uncensored publishing, a threatened rupture with Scotland, even fears of a new outbreak…

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Praise be to our benevolent Big Tech Overlords

11 January 2021 4:11 am

It is done. The Dark Lord has been vanquished. His threatening aura has been purged from Twitter, along with many…

A conciliatory P.J. O’Rourke is not the satirist we know and love

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was an acidic bravura and beauty in P.J. O’Rourke’s early journalism and a gleefulness in the ease with which…

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Letter from the online trenches

25 November 2020 4:22 am

November 7, 2020 To my dear parents, Victory. Uttering the word feels strange after four long years of battle. But…

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1's Roadkill reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a…

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Antifa for Biden

12 September 2020 4:28 am

Hey folks, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood antifa ringleader. You may recognize me from such news clips as ‘Small group…

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What stunts should we expect to see at future State of the Unions?

10 February 2020 2:47 am

The State of the Union is like that annual meeting where the boss says it was a triumphant year as…

Fabulous and enthralling: Parasite reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the Bafta for best foreign film and is up for six Oscars and it is an…

The art of pregnancy

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Pregnancy has always been a public spectacle – and as the Foundling Museum’s new exhibition shows, a dangerous one

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My evening with the Bernie Bros

17 January 2020 7:10 am

The stench of beer and cheap deodorant filled the bar in which the ‘Bernie Bros’ were meeting. The scene looked…

Dave Eggers’s satire on Trump is somewhat heavy-handed: The Captain and the Glory reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A feckless moron is appointed to the captaincy of a ship, despite having no nautical experience. The Captain has a…

Letters: How to squash a Speaker

9 November 2019 9:00 am

No special protection Sir: Rod Liddle’s joke that the election might be held on a date when Muslims cannot vote,…

Ian McEwan’s anti-Brexit satire is a damp squib

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Kafka wrote a novella, The Metamorphosis, about a man who finds himself transformed into a beetle. Now Ian McEwan has…