A legend made in Manhattan
THE SOCIAL NETWORK:Roddy Doyle’s parents, Rory and Ita Doyle, enjoyed the opening of The Talk of the Town in the Project on Monday evening. Ita is a first cousin of the Irish short story writer and journalist Maeve Brennan, whose life and work inspired the play. Set in the glamorous literary world of the New Yorker, the play explores the life of an Irish woman in 1950s Manhattan.
John McColgan told me he enjoyed the performance enormously and that Catherine Walker (as Brennan) was outstanding. He is working on a music and dance project called Heartbeat and Home and on a show based on the life of the Clancy brothers.
The fashion designer Peter O’Brien made the costumes for the show and was accompanied by his sister, Janet O’Brien, an adult-literacy teacher in Finglas.
The play was scheduled to close on October 14th, but having sold out its run in advance of its opening, it will now run until the 20th.
Who we spotted The playwright Emma Donoghue and her partner Chris Roulston; the actor Owen Roe; and Naoise Nunn, the artistic director of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.