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for a previous production "Walsh’s superb adaptation of Porter’s heart-rending novella...Frightening, exhilarating, powerful, and irresistible...Remaining faithful to Porter’s original text, writer and director Enda Walsh still exerts his own considerable presence, with strong and subtle flourishes translating Porter’s textual energy into a formidable theatrical energy for the stage...A master class in theatrical excellence, showing near flawless levels of precision, execution, and split second timing." Full Review
for a previous production "Preaching to the converted, Murfi’s less inventive follow-on suffers the dreaded curse of the sequel; being far less interesting or engaging than the first. There’s still plenty of comedy, plenty of sighs, plenty of Murfi’s impeccable performance skills, and more strands of nostalgia and sentimentality than you'd find on a stick of candy floss. Yet this eulogy for a whirlwind is absent a whirlwind, despite some genuinely touching and hilarious moments." Full Review
for a previous production "Wild, zany, dark, and hilarious, 'Ballyturk’s' march through the mayhem of Walsh’s imagination boldly goes where other scripts fear to go. And when it gets there it is very, very good indeed. But when it misses the mark, it can be something of a struggle...It’s still more potent than many other works out there...At its best, 'Ballyturk' is theatrical poetry steeped in sense, nonsense, image, and metaphor...A uniquely powerful theatrical experience." Full Review
“A dark comedy overflowing with laughter and tears, built around a stunning, one-woman performance…Ni Chaoimh directs with a light but definite touch, letting Stapleton display her considerable talent while ensuring pace never falters, marrying dramatic urgency to an exquisite sense of comic timing...A tragically funny tale, ‘Charolais’ will have you laughing out loud while breaking your heart. Throughout it all Stapleton is irresistible, delivering a tour-de-force performance not to be missed.” Full Review
for a previous production "'Private Peaceful' still retains a sucker punch sting in its tail, and more than compensates for a lack of grit with some old, English countryside charm and generous lashings of nostalgia...Under Reade’s direction, O’Regan delivers a simply superb performance, wonderfully restrained...With its dramatic, thematic, and theatrical integrity, 'Private Peaceful' delivers a delightfully engaging production, one built around an astoundingly wonderful solo performance." Full Review
for a previous production "A brave and thought-provoking production...The end result is a technical masterclass, with 'Arlington' delivering a technically tight and complex show, beautifully and brilliantly executed. Yet despite its embarrassment of riches, 'Arlington' isn't always as strong as its individual components...'Arlington' brings disparate elements together to riff and improvise around a structure, and more often than not they hit the mark...An utterly unforgettable experience." Full Review