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Monday, October 7, 2019

Dublin theatre festival review – gay clubs, glass houses and Greek tragedy by Helen Meany

Marina Carr’s Hecuba probes a mother’s grief, family secrets unravel in The Beacon and audiences are immersed in 80s LGBT+ Dublin in Faultline Questions of interpretation drive Nancy Har…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

This Beautiful Village review – sexist graffiti sparks power games by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinOnly those with the most righteous anger will triumph, in this small-town play about wider societal issues. Sexist graffiti on a suburban wall provokes blazing confrontation in …

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Epiphany review – the meaning of ritual in a post-religious world by Helen Meany

Town Hall theatre, Galway There are echoes of Joyce and Beckett as guests gather at a dinner party and grapple with their own disconnectedness A highly strung dinner-party host looks set for…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cork Midsummer festival review – theatre for all … and one by Helen Meany

Various venues, CorkMini plays performed for solo festivalgoers are a hit – plus there’s a bluffer’s guide to the suburbs and a Tom Waits-esque concept album come to life The multi-dis…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Citysong review – Dublin shimmers in poetic celebration of the cycle of life by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinA versatile cast and evocative setting bring to life Dylan Coburn Gray’s award-winning script, which follows a taxi driver’s journey through an eclectic Dublin family In Dyl…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Cotton Fingers review – abortion ban travelogue ends painfully by Helen Meany

The Mac, BelfastA Northern Irish teenager escaping to Wales for an abortion is played with huge empathy, lifting a script that is thin on drama A young woman lies across a row of hard plasti…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

The Children review – Lucy Kirkwood's taut tale of human and atomic meltdown by Helen Meany

Gate, DublinThree nuclear physicists are reunited in this drama about ageing, marriage and sexual rivalry, directed by Oonagh Murphy With its slow release of a series of moral questions, Luc…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

'It is what it is': finding a path through the fog of men's mental health by Helen Meany

Two frank solo shows, East Belfast Boy and Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful, depict male crises with heart, humour and hip-hopSaggy and shuffling, his dressing gown flapping over a middle-aged sp…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Lost O’Casey review – unflinching look at Dublin's housing crisis by Helen Meany

Dublin theatre festivalA forgotten play by Seán O’Casey inspires Anu Productions’ immersive journey through a dilapidated block of flatsTwo or three return visits would be required to p…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Frnknstn review – modern mutation of Mary Shelley's classic by Helen Meany

Peacock, DublinStem cells, DNA and subtle psychology give an edge to Michael West’s deft contemporary reboot of FrankensteinPlaywright Michael West fuses old and new ideas in his gripping …

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Incantata review – pain, poetry and potatoes with Paul Muldoon by Helen Meany

Town Hall theatre, GalwayStanley Townsend brings the poet’s searing love poetry to life in a visually stunning show boasting some Beckettian touchesFor the bereaved it can often feel as if…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Snapper review – Roddy Doyle's baby banter brought to vivid life by Helen Meany

Gate, DublinThe author’s adaptation of his comic novel about an unplanned pregnancy is filled with nostalgic touches and noisy energyRoddy Doyle’s recent books have delved into such diff…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Little Prince – review by Helen Meany

Lyric, BelfastMillions of children around the world love Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's story of a quest for companionship and understanding. The best-selling French novella from 1943 has succe…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Aristocrats review – unsentimental snapshot of a family in decline by Helen Meany

Abbey theatre, DublinA sensitive revival of Brian Friel's play about a Catholic family in Donegal offers no easy answers to the problems of class and kinThe title of Brian Friel's play from …

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Grief is the Thing With Feathers review – Cillian Murphy takes wing by Helen Meany

Black Box, GalwayIn Enda Walsh’s adaptation of the Max Porter novel, Murphy is riveting as a bereaved husband – and an imaginary crowEnda Walsh’s plays are populated with characters co…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Waking the Feminists: the campaign that revolutionised Irish theatre by Helen Meany

At Dublin’s Abbey and Gate theatres and beyond, a grassroots movement has put the spotlight on a new wave of female playwrights, directors and other creatives In The Red Shoes at Dublin’…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Irish theatre on the rise: jail confessions and the fight for women's rights by Helen Meany

At the Dublin theatre festival, Shakespeare is reunited with his son, Sebastian Barry’s prisoners look back, Ibsen’s Nora lands in a dystopian future and Anu Productions deliver an urgen…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Second Violinist review – Enda Walsh's fairytale opera is dark but dazzles by Helen Meany

Black Box, GalwayPlaywright Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy’s exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film is a study in heartbreak with a hint of Bluebeard’s CastlePlaywright Enda …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Ladykillers review – all-female crooks hijack Ealing caper by Helen Meany

Lyric, BelfastCasting women as the criminal gang heightens the artifice and adds a poignant twist to Graham Linehan’s adaptation of the classic film comedyCasting women in the roles of the…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Red review – vivid portrait of Rothko's brushes with comedy by Helen Meany

Lyric, BelfastPatrick O’Kane embraces both the humour and humanity of the troubled abstract expressionist in John Logan’s award-winning playHumour is not readily associated with the abst…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Same review – Enda Walsh's psychodrama thrills in old Cork prison by Helen Meany

Old Cork prison, CorkTwo women meet in a psychiatric institution and realise they are the same person in a riveting, superbly realised productionFor the 25th anniversary of Corcadorca theatr…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Danse, Morob review – intense, mythic quest for a missing father by Helen Meany

Project Arts Centre, DublinThis tale of a daughter and her dead father, a former Maze prison hunger striker, is strong on symbolism and has an incantatory performance by Olwen FouéréA daug…

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Anna Karenina review – Lisa Dwan gives uncertain dazzle to Tolstoy by Helen Meany

Abbey theatre, Dublin Marina Carr and Wayne Jordan’s distillation of the 800-page behemoth conjures impressive set-pieces but wobbles on individual characterisationsIt is not hard to see w…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hedda Gabler review – Ibsen's drama is frozen in time by Helen Meany

Abbey theatre, DublinAnnabelle Comyn’s staging of this drama of marital suffocation is so cool and controlled that it becomes almost inertIn Mark O’Rowe’s new version of Ibsen’s 1890…

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Sisters review – uneasy Troubles overshadow family woes by Helen Meany

Lyric theatre, Belfast Lucy Caldwell freights her well-observed Chekhov adaptation with the tensions of 1990s Belfast, adding to the siblings’ sense of stifled isolation “We can’t sta…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stacey Gregg: restless writer whose scripts fizz with tricky questions by Helen Meany

Her plays have explored porn, technology and life in her childhood home of Belfast. Stacey Gregg talks about tackling ‘gender fraud’ with the award-winning Scorch and interweaving tales …

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Saint Joan review – Shaw's heroine battles against office politics by Helen Meany

Lyric theatre, BelfastLisa Dwyer Hogg’s crop-haired Joan is an unshakeable believer raging within a corporate world in this updated version of George Bernard Shaw’s playGeorge Bernard Sh…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Wake review – response to hidden Irish histories is fuelled by fury by Helen Meany

Abbey theatre, DublinAmong three sharp leads, Aisling O’Sullivan is riveting as an Irishwoman learning disturbing truths about her home town in this revival of Tom Murphy’s 1998 playFrom…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Town Is Dead review – Mother Courage fights for survival in Dublin by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinPhillip McMahon and Raymond Scannell’s ‘play within music’ is a sometimes awkward yet always impassioned story about a working-class woman’s strugglesPlaywright Phillip …

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Monday, June 6, 2016

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing five-star review – a courageously feminist production by Helen Meany

Samuel Beckett theatre, DublinEimear McBride’s award-winning novel transitions perfectly to the stage in Corn Exchange’s startling and upsetting Dublin theatre festival show about the im…

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Plough and the Stars review – wartime drama enters defamiliarised zone by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinIn this refreshed, high-energy restaging, Sean O’Casey’s 1926 classic of political theatre still has insistent questions to ask about social justice Inclusion of Sean O’Ca…

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