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Faith – The Civic Theatre, Dublin.

Director: David Horan Writer: Paul Meade Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Loosing a job is a difficult period for most people, but no one ever speaks of the bruised pride, diminished masculinity and depression that coincides with being “made redundant”. Faith, presented by Guna Nua Theatre in association with The Civic Theatre, brings these issues to The Civic Theatre stage and forces ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Director: Mark Lambert Writer: John Steinbeck Adapted by: Frank Galati Musical Arrangement: Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd. Taking one of the most poignant and loved novels of all time to the Project Arts Centre stage, one might be apprehensive about the end result. There is no need to fear however as the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present The Grapes ...

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Care – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

  Presented by: WillFredd Theatre Director: Sophie Motley Reviewer: Monica Insinga The highly acclaimed WillFredd theatre company returns to Project Arts Centre with Care, a transformative piece about not just death, but also life in a hospice. After their first two award-winning productions, Follow and Farm, Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Shiels’s group once again pushes the boundaries of contemporary ...

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Sive – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

  Director: Conall Morrison Writer: John B. Keane Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Mixing the sordid, the comical and the bizarre intricacies of rural Irish life in the 1950’s, John B. Keane’s latest revival of Sive commands the Abbey stage and brings Irish audiences back to the rural Irish kitchen for its 110th season. Living with her Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother, a ...

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Joanna – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Aoife O’Donoghue Writer: Neil K. Sharpson Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Joanna, presented by WireBird Theatre Company, is a play whose potential far outweighs the quality of the play itself. The eponymous character is a cold-blooded murderer, who tortures men who rape women, yet evade the justice system. She is not as interesting a character as Neil K. Sharpson would like ...

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Chancers – The Civic Theatre, Dublin

Director: Terry Byrne Writer: Robert Massey Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Viking Theatre and written by Robert Massey, Chancers is a lively, highly entertaining and hysterical comedy that shows its audience that “there’s more than one way to win the lotto”. Struggling to maintain his livelihood, a small grocery shop, Aiden, played by Luke Griffin, and his wife Dee, played ...

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The 3 Kings – Theatre Upstairs – Dublin

Writer and Director: Tina Noonan Reviewer: Alan Foran Tina Noonan’s new play, The 3 Kings, brings us into the living room of Ken King and his two sons, Jules and Mark, as they’re watching a match, which moves from regular ‘match-talk’, to a match of sorts between the three regarding what did or didn’t happen to their Mam, stirring strong ...

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The Art of Wedlock – Chancery Lane, Dublin.

Director: Matthew Ralli Presented by: Speckintime Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster It’s difficult to get too much comedy from disastrous relationships, but four out of the five one-act plays that make up The Art of Wedlock manage this with ease and brilliance. The final piece, Enemies is an altogether more sombre affair that has undoubted merits, but does not quite fit in ...

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