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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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00PM
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’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:05AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:04AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:21AM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:39AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:40AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:14AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:15AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:40AM
Monday, March 14, 2016

After Miss Julie review – a hint of Pinter in Marber's Strindberg by Helen Meany

Project Arts Centre, DublinThere’s venom and sexual frankness in this reworking, but little sense of why Northern Ireland should be the location Related: Patrick Marber interview: ‘Your …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:52AM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cyprus Avenue review – complex study of sectarian paranoia by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinStephen Rea is riveting as a troubled Ulster loyalist whose hatred of ‘the Fenians’ drives him to breakdown in this compelling Irish playThe therapist in David Ireland’s l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:46AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

You Never Can Tell review – Shaw's bumpy farce as relevant as ever by Helen Meany

Abbey theatre, DublinGeorge Bernard Shaw’s early work rehearses trenchant social commentary about marriage and parenthood, and shows that compromise is no easy matterGeorge Bernard Shaw th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:58AM
Friday, November 20, 2015

Through a Glass Darkly review – graceful vision lacks metaphysical heft by Helen Meany

Project, DublinThis stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s film about a woman on the brink of madness swaps mystical intensity for dysfunctional family dynamicsIngmar Bergman referred to his fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:40AM
Monday, November 9, 2015

Irish theatre abounds with brilliant women – unlike the Abbey's programme by Helen Meany

The Abbey will commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising with work by nine men and one woman. But its incoming co-directors should champion a very different model of national theat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:43PM
Sunday, August 23, 2015

By the Bog of Cats review – spirit of Medea haunts the Irish wilds by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinBlending Greek myth and Irish folklore, Marina Carr’s bleak, surreal drama is undermined by too much shouting and a lack of pityA dead black swan, a blind seer, a visitor from…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:52AM
Sunday, August 2, 2015

Happy Days: international Beckett festival review – exquisite Britten; comical, otherworldly drama by Helen Meany

Enniskillen, Co FermanaghMoving immersive performances of Britten’s Phaedra and Beckett’s All That Fall, along with his otherworldly Ohio Impromptu, starred in this year’s lineupA woma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:39PM
Monday, July 20, 2015

Luck Just Kissed You Hello review – a blistering exploration of masculinity by Helen Meany

Mick Lally theatre, GalwayPlaywright and actor Amy Conroy gives herself the best lines as a transgender man, in a work full of intense deathbed confrontations and family truth-telling A sex-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:46AM
Monday, June 22, 2015

The Shadow of a Gunman review – reinvigorates O'Casey's tragicomedy by Helen Meany

Abbey, DublinWayne Jordan strips back Seán O’Casey’s drama, set during the Irish war of independence, to deliver an impressive meditation on violence and reality that feels tellingly mo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:21AM

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