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"It doesn't matter that Jez Butterworth's play is about as subtle as a brick hurled through an Orange Hall window. It doesn't matter that it's not really an Irish play in any sense at all, but rather a sort of late Shakespearean comedy festooned with vaguely Irish avatars superimposed over an arrestingly weird mashup of influences that include Cold Comfort Farm, The Brady Bunch and High Noon...The plot of 'The Ferryman' is on its face ridiculous." Full Review
for a previous production "It can only be hoped that this extraordinary experience becomes an annual production...There is a palpable sense of occasion, and that welcoming holiday atmosphere feels entirely right...We watch a proud but overlooked city and the people who dwell in it recall older, usually better times. But all night there is an under music of lament that rises and rises as the night progresses and that this production (directed by Ciaran O'Reilly) handles masterfully." Full Review
"There are bright echoes of Samuel Beckett in Friel’s mordantly funny script and in Dowling’s nimble direction...Crowley is pitch perfect as the by turns proud and pretentious concert violinist...Molloy is ideally cast and gives such authoritative line readings that she becomes the still center of the show, the eye of its storm...It’s just two people meeting in a tea room but nothing less is at stake than their happiness, their sense of themselves, their past and what’s left of their futures." Full Review
for a previous production "As Masher, Terry Donnelly is variously mother Ireland, the infernal Morrigan of Irish myth, the woman you run to and the woman you try to escape...I can’t think of the last time I’ve seen a female character given this much agency in an Irish play...Beautifully written and at all times absorbing because it understands the potency of the themes it has unleashed...Few Irish playwrights have dared to be this ambitious in years. 'Crackskull Row' blazes to life with an anguished and unsettling howl." Full Review
for a previous production "McPherson skillfully nudges us toward an encounter with the unseen world, but then he over eggs the horror. Not every ghost story need make your knees knock. Taken individually, each ghost story delivers a riveting tale. But what it all amounts to is just a little too ambiguous by the play’s end." Full Review
"What lifts Lynch and Campbell's production head and shoulders above every other production of 'Disco Pigs' that I've ever seen is the pure physical theatre that the pair have perfected. Their relationship, their codependency, the opportunity and threat that they represent to each other is captured in every single move they make on stage, allowing their body language to say even more than even the script does in this brilliant production." Full Review
"Director Hughes does well to focus on the physical, ensuring that both men risk something of themselves and reminding us that it will be consequential...The writing of this play leaves absolutely nothing to chance. Every sentence is carefully considered and carefully freighted with meaning. It’s a tribute to the actors' skill and the director’s nimble interventions that it feels organic, coming from a deeply felt place, with real-life consequences for its two hard-bitten protagonists." Full Review
"A sweetly funny new play…Onstage Kelly trades barbs, jokes and brilliantly executed vignettes from the real journey that loving an alien has led her through with actor and stage manager Paul Curley…Nothing is funnier than life or death anxiety, and Kelly mines a rich seam with this material. Life, she reminds us, is not a movie; it’s an underestimated gas bill. Do not miss this show." Full Review
"Quinn is clearly gifted, fashioning a hilarious and weirdly touching sci-fi drama out of found materials and puppetry. It helps that the show features gifted performers with terrific work from Gleeson and a star-making turn by 'Love/Hate' newcomer Aaron Heffernan. Reviews that have called 'Bears in Space' silly escapist fun seem to miss or overlook the whip-smart critiques of contemporary political and social mores, because Quinn manages to smuggle in quite a lot of subversion." Full Review
for a previous production "In the Rep’s show traditional and modern Christmas standards compete to cast a seasonal spell over even the most resisting natures from songs that are high on melody and five part harmony, and low on sentiment. Take yourself along to blow away the winter blahs, and be assured it will be worth every penny...The talented ensemble are all note perfect from start to finish, and the 70 minutes of sheer entertainment is pure joy." Full Review