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for a previous production "The play is closer to a meditation on death; that undiscovered country...Fouéré’s is a fascinating performance...The manic energy of 'Ballyturk’s' routine, excellently delivered by Murfi and Murphy’s double act, stills with her arrival and a proposal: It’s time for one of them to leave. What they would be departing in 'Ballyturk' is a world of cartoonish exaggeration, tumbling with madcap fictions, avalanches of props and shrieking impersonations - in short, an Enda Walsh play." Full Review
for a previous production "The provocation of Ireland’s play is to make Eric’s identity crisis stand for the predicament of loyalism...The challenge of the production, though, is to bring the audience into his mind-set...These are cues here, and in various speeches that distend reality, that the production might have been bolder in staging Eric’s delusion. But Featherstone prefers the anchor of realism...That makes it harder for the performance to scale the peaks of devastation." Full Review
for a previous production "There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Shakespeare’s 'Henriad', its four plays carved into a lean and propulsive telling by Mark O’Rowe. Francis O’Connor’s creation is emblematic of his industrial and earthy set and, you feel, the entire undertaking: a garland of gilded roses held within a golden crown of thorns." Full Review
for a previous production "Pan Pan Theatre, easily Ireland’s most searching contemporary theatre company, makes Chekhov’s play the main attraction within a crammed, noisy aviary: the 'other birds' here are short new texts, largely written by the cast...The logic behind this is deliberately elusive, and those only loosely acquainted with pop culture may find their attention snagging on references...Feels like the true anxiety of anyone who would attempt something new, knowing that it can’t always fly.." Full Review
for a previous production "As the harrowing stories begin, 'Nirbhaya’s' initial effect on the audience is to stun, to cow, to leave us helpless. With a nimble economy of stagecraft oppression is summoned with a heavy air." Full Review
for a previous production "Though director Hynes inscribes funny jokes in the margins, the stately pace of her naturalism seems more deferential, insisting the play has a soul. But it is not a subtle play; gags and intentions are clobbered home. Druid gives it all in a prize production, but the pleasures of the play – symmetry and shock – are the pleasures of pure schlock." Full Review
for a previous production “Beckett could resemble just another punishing patriarchal figure. But Company SJ’s continuing project…recognizes his grim sense of empathy, here summoning a political contour for these glimpses of incarceration, burden, and disintegration…Under Scaife’s careful direction, fine performances allow for elucidating echoes…When the performers finally convene on old school chairs for 'Come and Go,' a Möbius strip of birth, struggle and death, the intent comes full circle.” Full Review
for a previous production "Why does this play, which might have been Kinevane’s masterpiece and still could be, lose its way?Just because Kinevane has too close an identification with his character, you suspect...It’s comforting fantasy, but it doesn’t seem genuine...Still see-sawing between traumatic tales and leavening gags in the third act, the pace judders and drags. Kinevane’s striking performance, not to mention Denis Clohessy’s excellent sound design, really deserves the consideration of a lighting designer." Full Review
for a previous production "Kelly pursues a charming combination of wry humour and imaginative device...Kelly smuggles tenderness into throwaway wit, like her love letter written on a sandwich bag, but bureaucracy hastens them through hesitation and frustration towards 'gestures of permanence.' The show is something similar, as gossamer and memorable as Kelly’s comic lines, and more stirring for its modesty." Full Review
for a previous production "Director Jim Culleton’s enjoyable production can effectively do no wrong. The bright vim of genre formulae allows the writer every narrative contrivance, coincidence and implausibility...Playwright O’Kelly finesses this deceptively breezy, carefully constructed story with his signature imagistic, action-oriented approach to language." Full Review