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Counter Culture – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Donal O’Kelly Writer: Katie O’ Kelly Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Written and performed by Katie O’ Kelly, Counter Culture is a one-woman show packed with energy. Telling the story of the employees at ‘Macken’s Department Store’, this play mixes comedy with sanctimony for an unusual experience. Gemma, Bridie, Magdalena, and Jonathon are just a few of the ‘stereotypical’ retail employees ...

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Breathless – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

Director: Iseult Golden Writer: John MacKenna Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Danu Theatre Company and ORion Productions, Breathless is a story about four women who all share the same fate. The setting is a dilapidated courtyard, and in it reside four women, all different, but share one common experience. The audience does not have to wait for long for answers ...

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Philadelphia, Here I Come! – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly A new season begins at the Lyric theatre in Belfast, this time with two plays by the iconic Irish dramatist, Brian Friel. Philadelphia, Here I Come! takes to the main Danske Bank Stage while Molly Sweeney features at the Naughton Studio. This is a significant year for Friel as it ...

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Jezebel – Civic Theatre Tallaght, Dublin.

Director: Lynne Parker Writer: Mark Cantan Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Rough Magic, Jezebel, is a comical farce which is energetic, witty and a truly great time. After eight months in a new relationship logical statistical analyst Alan (Peter Daly) and bold self-help guru Robin (Margaret McAuliffe) are struggling to keep the spice in their sex life. Quickly running out ...

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Fionnuala – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Sorcha Fox Writer: Donal O’Kelly Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Fionnuala, written and performed by Donal O’Kelly, is a one-man show that is not only expertly presented but also informative, brave and hard-hitting. Fionnuala tells the story of a slimy businessman working in secret in the dungeons of Shell’s Bellanaboy refinery in Co. Mayo. During the course of duty this corrupt ...

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A Tender Thing – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Ben Power Director: Selina Cartmell Reviewer: Monica Insinga Selina Cartmell’s multi-award winning Siren Productions is back with the Irish premiere of Ben Power’s A Tender Thing (2009) adapted from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Power’s play—originally commissioned by RSC—explores the idea of: “What if… the star-cross’d lovers had lived and loved?” and imagines the world’s most famed lovers as ...

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A Skull in Connemara – The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Andrew Flynn Writer: Martin McDonagh Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Decadent Theatre Company, Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara is perhaps the lesser-known play of the Leenane Trilogy. Dark, grotesque and unabashedly funny; this story will not soon be forgotten. Mick Dowd, played by Garrett Keogh, is a man who is plagued by small town chatter and gossip following ...

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Macbeth – Smock Alley Boys’ School, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Keith Thompson Reviewer: Monica Insinga Fast Intent’s new production of Macbeth shows this young company’s brave, risk-taking attitude towards immortal classics. As mentioned in their press release they are “taking inspiration from original staging practices,” and while the cauldron-like Smoke Alley Boys’ School provides the perfect setting for the Scottish play, some of their practices do ...

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