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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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In Dog Years Im Dead – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin.

Director: Maisie Lee Writer: Kate Heffernan Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster There is undoubtedly a fear at the beginning of this play that it will be little more than an ‘80s nostalgia trip, with A-ha and Spandau Ballet playing beforehand, and the small stage littered with Danger Mouse albums, Kermit the Frog teddies, and countless more items designed to thrust a mostly ...

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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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