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BJ Novak has emerged as a comedy writer to watch. Picture: Getty

BJ Novak has emerged as a comedy writer to watch. Picture: Getty

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Today’s reviews include John Kearns, Signal Failure and Owen Wingrave, while BJ Novak swaps The Office for the Fringe and the Kronos Quartet take a musical journey back to 1914.

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REVIEWS

Music: Owen Wingrave

Originally written for TV and seldom performed live, Benjamin Britten’s penultimate opera is a strange beast – part pondering of pacifist philosophy, part ghost story.

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Theatre: Signal Failure

It takes a lot to make a romantic comedy original – so many are cynical and heartless reworkings of other reworkings – but Sasha Ellen’s script isn’t about what’s gone before, it’s a genuinely fresh look at not only relationships, but also modern city life.

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Comedy: John Kearns – Shtick

Whereas in 2013 he was confounded by the wisdom of Woody Allen, this year it’s Jerry Seinfeld delivering the comedy homily he must struggle to keep up with, in a frantic preamble that sets a pattern for the deep and daft fifty minutes to follow.

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INTERVIEWS

BJ Novak on The Office and his Fringe show One More Thing

After sitcom success in the US, BJ Novak tells Jay Richardson why he’s exposing himself with his first collection of comic prose

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Kronos Quartet take a musical journey back to 1914

A desire to counteract war with music has always been the driving force behind the Kronos Quartet, finds Susan Nickalls

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Amelia Zirin-Brown on her cult diva Lady Rizo

Cult cabaret superstar Amelia Zirin-Brown is a high priestess in the Church of Glitter, taking disciples on a sensational journey through love, marriage, infidelity and divorce, finds Claire Smith

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Lloyd Griffith: ‘Not scaling buildings, just doing scales’

Freelance choirboy Lloyd Griffith chats to Matthew Dunne-Miles about choral singing, comedy and cassocks

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Gràinne Maguire: ‘I thought it would be fun to do something topical’

Gràinne Maguire investigates the news agenda in her new Edinburgh Festival Fringe discussion show, finds Alex Watson

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