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The Importance of Being Honest – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Billie Traynor Director: Liam Halligan Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Two of Oscar Wilde’s most famous females, Gwendoline and Cecily Moncrieff, meet after twenty years. The year is 1913 and with modernisation challenging old ideals, the two sister-in-laws find themselves battling it out, as tempers flare, and manners are checked, family secrets soon start tumbling out of the woodwork. Gwendoline, played ...

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Punk Rock – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Selina Cartmell Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue We’ve all been there: pressurizing parents, unrequited love, schoolyard bullies. These are the experiences that have in part shaped our own adolescence, and are perhaps the reasons why Punk Rock has been able to resonate so strongly with multiple generations of theatre-goers since its debut at the Lyric Hammersmith in ...

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Death Row Cowboy – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writers: Andrew Lynch &Mark McCabe Director: Gary Duggan Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Death Row Cowboy, presented by Bigger Picture Projects in association with Three Peas Theatre Company, comes to Smock Alley, bringing with it a performance full of suspense, beauty and talent. Set in Jackson County, Oklahoma, Death Row Cowboy tells the story of Carl Brant, who has been sentenced to ...

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[Title of Show] – The New Theatre, Dublin

Book: Hunter Bell Music and Lyrics: Jeff Bowen Choreographer: Melissa Kelly Director: Angelene Milne Reviewer: Bryan Hogan A picture of Patti Lu Pone keeps a watchful eye from the on-stage dresser, though like her Gypsy meltdown in 2009, I doubt she’d have been impressed with the audience, if she were present. This reviewer agrees with Patti’s assessment that there is ...

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Preview: Tiger Dublin Fringe – Highlights

The programme for 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival has been announced. Running from the 5th to the 20th of September, this year’s programme of multi-disciplinary art and performance is sure to appeal to a diverse audience. With a new creative director (Kris Nelson) at the helm and a new sponsor (Tiger Beer), this year’s festival is set to provide an ...

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Dublin Theatre Festival Preview – Highlights

The Dublin Theatre Festival returns in 2014 to present 18 days of wondrous theatre, comedy, dance, performance, and so much more from national and international contexts. Returning for its 57th season and filled to the brim with stimulating artists, it is surely not to be missed. The 2014 dates run from the 25th of September to the 12th of October ...

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Waiting for Godot – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Patrick Sutton Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Nestled under a bare tree, nowhere in particular, are two of Samuel Beckett’s most famous characters. Vladimir (Didi), played by Charlie Hughes, and Estragon (Gogo), played by Donal Courtney, are waiting for Godot. As the pair bicker, pontificate, and contemplate suicide, this seemingly endless cycle is interrupted by Pozzo and Lucky, ...

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Old Flames – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Shane Burke Director: Andrew Deering Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Written by Shane Burke and presented by Run Amok Theatre, the new black comedy, Old Flames, comes to The New Theatre. Sisters, Sorcha and Abbey, are selling their house, but it is in need of a facelift. Sorcha hires Abbey’s ex boyfriend Eddie to paint the place and his presence exacerbates ...

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