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Happy Birthday Jacob – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Michael Marshall Director: Laura Bowler Reviewer: Laura Marriott A well lived in kitchen, with children’s toys and fairy lights under the table dominates the stage with a door either side; one leading to an unseen upstairs, another leading outside. This door is always closed. Soon two brothers enter the stage. Jacob is seventeen and tense. Lucas is ten, in ...

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The Rivals, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Liam Halligan Reviewer: Laura Marriott Smock Alley Theatre has an interesting claim to fame. Dublin’s oldest surviving theatre is well known for helping to bring the plays of celebrated playwright, poet and essayist Richard Brinsley Sheridan to the stage. 242 years after Sheridan’s first ever play The Rivals graced the Smock Alley stage, it makes ...

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Talk to me like the Rain – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt, Dublin

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover “I will lie here and listen”: Daniel Monaghan’s line in the second of the Tennessee Williams double-bill is an appropriate instruction to the audience as we peer into the sweltering intimacy of This Property is Condemned and Talk to me like the Rain and Let Me Listen…”. This is the ...

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Just Guff – The Cellar Bar, Galway

Writer: James Ward Director: Jenny Bassett Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Hot Potato Productions presents Just Guff, a political comedy, downstairs in the Cellar Bar as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2017. The venue is intimate and suits the sitting-room interior setting. The set is simply furnished but certain items inform the audience as to the theme of the play: photos ...

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The Water Orchard – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Eoghan Quinn Director: Dan Colley and Eoghan Quinn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Collapsing Horse embarks on an exploration of "comedy with sad bits" (Sonya Kelly) in The Water Orchard, bringing projection, puppetry, presentation and above all energy into the surreal story of a family struggling with change. Colley and Quinn have worked hard at their comedy, assisted by a dedicated ...

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GIAF: Dún na mBan Trí Thine/The Fairy Fort is on Fire – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Scríbhneoir/Writer: Éilis Ní Dhuibhne Stiúrthóirí/Directors: Anne McCabe and Marianne Kennedy Léirmheastóir/Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Éilis Ní Dhuibhne’s play Dún na mBan Trí Thine/The Fairy Fort is on Fire is a great ambassador for Irish language theatre. Evidently popular with the festival audience, there has been some excitement surrounding this production during the festival. Well-deserved excitement it must be said. It’s ...

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GIAF: Crestfall – Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Writer: Mark O’Rowe Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy When Druid’s 2017 theatre programme was announced earlier this year, the company’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes stated that “these are provocative plays and we are living in provocative times”. The programme garnered some controversy due to the fact that it was entirely devoid of women writers. Indeed, Mark O’Rowe’s Crestfall ...

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Hound’s Hotel – The Loft, Galway

Writer: Conor Duffy Directors: Conor Duffy and Angelene Milne Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Head Above Water Theatre Company presents Hound’s Hotel with admirable enthusiasm in The Loft, as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2017. The play embraces a number of genres: horror, farce and slapstick to name a few. A cast of eleven bring this action-filled over-the-top comedy to life ...

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