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Smiley – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer:Gary Mitchell Director:Conall Morrison Reviewer: Colm G Doran The Lyric theatre presents Gary Mitchell’s crime comedy Smiley, a play that follows an unlikely group of misfits (including an impressive Elvis impersonator, a paramilitary member and a drag queen) who form a football team in an attempt to win the local league and the 25,000 quid that’s up for grabs. But ...

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Town is Dead – Peacock, Dublin

Writer and Director: Phillip McMahon Music: Raymond Scannell Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Town is Deadtells the story of Ellen, a woman in her late 60s, as her estranged husband’s daughter appears on her doorstep while she is in the middle of packing up to leave her apartment. Described as “a play within music,” this production takes some of the style and ...

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Revolver – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Seanan McDonnell Director: Matthew Ralli Reviewer: David Keane In a slightly skewed reality Aodh and Bea are on their first date. Only it isn’t exactly the first time they’ve met. Thanks to the services of everlast.com, a controversial dating agency, users no longer have to tolerate an awkward or unpleasant evening. They don’t have to walk out on it ...

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Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Menace – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Harold Pinter Reviewer: Laura Marriott   PurpleCoat Theatre Company begins their annual visit to Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre this May with the The Theatre of Menace. More generally known for their electrifying Shakespeare productions, they are attempting something new with a night of short works by Harold Pinter. This is an unusual move, however, it quickly pays off. The ...

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As the Tide Ebbs – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Pearse Elliott Director: Martin McSharry Reviewer: Colm G Doran Rawlife Theatre Company and The Lyric Theatre present the world premiere of Pearse Elliott’s As The Tide Ebbs. A three-hander set across one long night in a rundown council house in Belfast. The piece deals with the themes of alcoholism, loneliness and the legacy of the troubles as witnessed by ...

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From Eden – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt, Dublin

Writer: Stephen Jones Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Stephen Jones’ From Eden documents just one conversation between two strangers one New Year’s Eve, but through its acerbic comedy and stark storytelling it is a show that will prey on audiences’ minds long after they have left the theatre. Jones’ writing is well-balanced, keeping the heavy issues tackled in the ...

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Othello – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Joe Dowling Reviewer: Liam Harrison Joe Dowling’s production of Othello takes its cue from Iago’s (Marty Rea) early riddling statement – “I am not what I am”. This paradox, of truthfully confessing to be false, is echoed in the set design which raises questions of stagecraft and manipulation. Ricardo Hernandez’s set constructs a small stage upon ...

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IDGTF: 5 Guys Chillin’ – Players Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Peter Darney Director: Peter Darney Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Taken from over 50 hours of interview material found through Grindr and other social media, 5 Guys Chillin’ is an entertaining, yet raw and often saddening piece of documentary theatre exploring the high and lows of the world of chem-sex, Grindr and chill-outs. To distill so much source material into less ...

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