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  • 'How I Met Your Racist Controversy' is probably not what US TV executives were hoping to wake up to this morning, but after the episode, 'Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmara', which aired in America on Monday night, that's exactly what they got.

    The episode, which featured the latest in the show's long-running, fan-favorite Slapsgiving gag, was overshadowed by fan outcry at the use of yellowface and other racist overtones (what, all Asian people don't eat noodles, do kung-fu, and practice calligraphy?), all chronicled on Twitter thanks to the ever-clever #HowIMetYourRacism hashtag.

    CBS, which broadcasts the series in the US, has the full episode on their website... for now... although, no surprise, all the offending photos have been removed from their press site. But that's why screenshots were invented! Take a look:

    On his quest to learn how to give Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) the ultimate slap, Marshall (Jason Segel) visited a dojo where a small Asian boy told him the three

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  • After two successful years on the West End, 'One Man Two Guvnors' celebrated its landmark run at London’s Haymarket Theatre with a special Gala performance of the show.
    And it’s not difficult to understand why audiences can’t get enough of it.

    The cast of One Man, Two Guvnors
    Set in 1963, 'One Man Two Guvnors' follows the misfortunes of hapless Francis Henshall as he finds himself stuck between two demanding bosses in the criminal underworld of Brighton.
    Those expecting to simply watch a straight forward comedy will be in for a shock – the audience is just as important to the play as the on stage actors.
    The play doesn’t just break down the fourth wall, it never existed in the first place. With so many in-jokes thrown to the audience throughout, it makes Miranda’s knowing winks to camera almost seem subtle.
    But this is by no means a bad thing. 'One Man Two Guvnors' is a tour de force in farce comedy – packed with innuendo, slapstick and double entendres throughout. You’d certainly be hard pushed to find one person in

    Read More »from One Man Two Guvnors: Review
  • Twenty-two years after the smash hit movie, 'The Commitments' are back together again in a brand new stage show.

    Adapted from his own book by Roddy Doyle, the play follows Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte as he bids to put together the world's greatest soul band.

    Aided by veteran musician Joey, Jimmy assembles a ramshackle bunch of performers led by the troubled but talented Deco who - against all odds - manage to make sweet soul music together.

    [VIDEO: Commitments comes to London's West End]

    But then just as they are on the verge of big things - disaster strikes.

    With a setlist that includes the likes of 'Knock On Wood', 'Read Out I'll Be There', 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' and 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone', it would be easy to lump 'The Commitments' in with other big 'jukebox musicals'. However, having the band perform the tracks as part of their rehearsals and live gigs makes the songs less of a plot device and more of an integral part of the show.

    Killian Donnelly is outstanding as Jimmy thanks to an

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  • The Pride

    'The Pride' is the latest in the acclaimed Trafalgar Transformed season and it's a very timely revival for Alexi Kay Campbell's 2008 play.

    The clever concept examines society's changing attitudes to sexuality through the lives of two sets of characters, set 50 years apart.

    In 1958 we see married Philip (Harry Hadden-Paton) and his wife Sylvia (Hayley Atwell) whose relationship is tested when the arrival of Sylvia's author friend Oliver (Al Weaver) forces Philip to confront his sexuality.

    Fifty years later we meet the sexually liberated journalist Oliver who cries on best friend Sylvia's shoulder after his boyfriend Philip leaves him due to his addiction to online sex.

    The trio of actors in the main roles are outstanding, while 'Gavin And Stacey' star Matthew Horne impresses in a series of cameos as a rent boy, lads' mag editor and psychiatrist.

    The play's dual storylines pack an emotional punch that is given an added poignancy when the cast return at the curtain call with 'To Russia

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