Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Magic Flute review: Trying to make something of Mozart’s wild music

A prince accepts a mission to rescue a princess in The Magic Flute but not all of it is plausible. Photo: Pat Redmond

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Spotless review: A peculiar fathering crisis drama turns fascinating thriller

In Gary Duggan's new play, a seemingly transparent young man works his way into the affections of two women. Photo: Keith Dixon 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

“Everyone’s a critic”: As column inches narrow, it's time for editors to raise standards

One of the puzzling editorial decisions, in these straitened times, is the Irish Times commissioning book reviewers who have eked out careers in literary writing as opposed to journalism. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Irish Times Theatre Awards: Why the most conventional production is a timely winner

DruidShakespeare: Richard III mightn't be the most aesthetically groundbreaking winner but it does feel globally relevant. Photo: Robbie Jack 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sure Look It, Fuck It review: The thick haze of a spoken word nirvana

Clare Dunne's debut play follows a returned emigrant through one day in Dublin, struggling with anxiety. Photo: Fiona Morgan 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Peat review: A superb childhood adventure about coping and moving on

Two friends bury a dead cat in Kate Heffernan's comedy for young audiences, and unearth serious questions about the world they've inherited. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Country Girls review: Edna O'Brien's groundbreaking novel receives a strange otherworldly production

O'Brien adapts her novel for the Abbey Theatre, following two young women expelled from school and starting their next stages of life in Dublin. Photo: Ros Kavanagh


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

22 years at the Irish Times Theatre Awards: An inconsistent ceremony shows signs of growth

In 2016 DruidShakespeare was the first production to take the major awards of Best Production, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Director. Photo: Matthew Thompson


Monday, February 25, 2019

Irish Times Theatre Awards: A complete list of every nomination ever

In other countries awards are presented by theatre organisations. Here the ceremony is organised by a national newspaper, and sometimes ignored by rival media outlets.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New plays on big stages: Could this be a game-changing year for Irish theatre?

Promotional art for The Children. The Gate Theatre hasn't opened a new production in five months, but the wait was necessary to shore up its new play. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Covering the Abbey complaints: Journalists need to get a grip when reporting on theatre

Newstalk's The Hard Shoulder showed poor research in its coverage but it did allow host Ivan Yates to interview a theatre worker as if greeting an old peacocking friend. Photo: Newstalk


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Ridleys review: Pushing two rapid monologues towards art-horror

Philip Ridley's companion plays Tonight with Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle are staged in one sitting. Photo: Ste Murray 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Womb review: An old-school dystopian play with clear inspiration but misty results

Maud Hendricks's new play is set in Dublin 100 years from now, where a woman is granted asylum for being pregnant. Photo: Jeda de Brí

Friday, January 11, 2019