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Look Back in Anger – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Writer: John Osborne  Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy It is always a risk to tackle one of the great, and well-worn classics, but this is something that the Gate Theatre is renowned for. However, Selina Cartmell’s inaugural season is illustrating that she is willing to take the necessary steps to bring the Gate into the twenty-first century. Previously ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Helen and I – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Maedbh McHugh Director: Annanbelle Comyn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The heat is on in Helen and I, a Druid world premiere by new playwright Meadhbh McHugh, and so is the pressure. Sisters Lynn and Helen set up camp in their childhood home to nurse their father in his final days, and on the sunken stage-in-the-round the pressure continues to increase ...

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The Wake – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Tom Murphy Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Tom Murphy's The Wake inspired the title of the Abbey's 2016 commemorative programme 'Waking the Nation'. Putting aside the controversy surrounding the contents of that programme, this reviewer can see why this was so. Murphy's play transports its audience back to the early 1990s when small town Ireland was king. The ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Dancing at Lughnasa – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: David Keane First preformed at the Abbey Theatre in 1990, Brain Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa makes a timely return to Dublin to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The multi-award winning play comes to the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival. A semi-autobiographical memory ...

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Annabelle Comyn Writer: Brian Friel Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In Dancing at Lughnasa Michael Evans (Charlie Bonner) reflects back on his childhood, sharing with the events of one summer in 1936. Born out of wedlock, he is raised by his mother and her four sisters in Donegal. The play explores the upheavals in the lives of the Mundy sisters as ...

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Hedda Gabler – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Henrik Ibsen adaptation: Mark O' Rowe Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Modern theatre's most enigmatic female protagonist has made her way to the Abbey Stage.Hedda Gabler, originally written by Henrik Ibsen in 1890, has been adapted by the often controversial Irish playwright Mark O' Rowe. Controversial in its own rightwhen first staged in Germany in 1891, this ...

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Major Barbara, The Abbey Theatre – Dublin

Written by: Bernard Shaw Directed by: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara Murphy [Rating:4.5] Under the veil of commemoration that Dublin and the rest of the country is currently partaking in, lies the bones of a theatrical revival that is being re-revived by theatre practitioners and academics alike. Shaw’s Major Barbara, directed by Annabelle Comyn is the debut performance of this play ...

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The Talk of the Town – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Emma Donoghue Director: Annabelle Comyn Music: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Alan Foran [rating: 5] There is no point in going around the houses; it’s better to say it out straight. Emma Donoghue’s new work, The Talk of the Town, is simply great. Add to this fabulous performances and you have a winner. This is a quality production that focuses on ...

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