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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Second Violinist – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Second Violinist produces a series of after-images both literal and figurative. Like a camera flash, it reappears for some time after its conclusion. In this contemporary opera written by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the life of a protagonist who tortures ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: I’m Not Here – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Doireann Coady Director: Doireann Coady Reviewer: David Keane A vigil takes place but this is one like no other.  The ritual is repetitive, obsessive, and full of rumination.  A woman, Doireann, presides over the ceremony. It is witnessed by the stage manager, Gemma, and the audience. We are there. She is there. Her brother is not. I’m Not Here ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Melt – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Shane Mac an Bhaird Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Rough Magic’s latest production, Melt, twists and turns in a two-and-a-half hour journey that feels like 30 minutes. The tension never lets up and the strangeness just increases as Shane Mac an Bhaird’s “sophisticated fairytale” uncoils. With Owen Roe heading up the cast, the close-quarterted space of Smock Alley ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Playboyz – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Martin Sharry Director: Martin Sharry Reviewer: David Keane On St. Patrick’s Day a foreign man arrives in a rural town in the West of Ireland. His origin is unknown, as are his intentions. Calling himself Patrick he attempts to fit in by working at a local bar but he is ultimately at the mercy of those he encounters through ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Sin Eaters – Pigeon House Lab, Dublin

Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy ANU Productions have become a much anticipated part of the annual Dublin Theatre Festival. This year's sold-out offering The Sin Eaters continues the trend of examining hidden histories and highlighting social inequity. Set in the industrial surrounds of the Dublin Docklands, this show offers its audience a chance to look deeply into the Irish ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Come Away with Me to the End of the World – Samuel Beckett, Dublin

Writers: Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese and Patrick Moffatt Director: Adriano Cortese Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Come Away with Me to the End of the World certainly contained the kernel of an intriguing idea, but regrettably it was lost in its own self-willed ambiguities. Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan and Patrick Moffatt wander throughout a desolate stage, discussing their ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Nora – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Belinda McKeon in collaboration with Annie Ryan Director: Eoghan Carrick Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic, A Doll’s House, gets a contemporary shake-up in this new production by The Corn Exchange. Nora, played by Annie Ryan, lives in an underground mansion with her husband Turlough (Declan Conlon) and her daughter Emmy (Venetia Bowe). The reason that it ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: this is a room… – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Veronica Coburn Creators: Cast & Dylan Coburn Gray Reviewer: Sarah Hoover When you are 18 (the cast members may not be exactly 18, but are all less than a home mortgage away), the future looms large. In this is a room… the Dublin Youth Theatre uses its most plentiful resource, more than twenty young people, to present a multiplicity ...

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