Dave Chappelle: “Obviously, black people have slower internet connections.”

The black comedian has two new specials on Netflix. But is he a secret conservative?

Brendan O’Carroll in All Round to Mrs Brown’s. Photograph: Graeme Hunter

“Who the hell watches Mrs Brown?” About half the audience share, according to the figures on Brendan O’Carroll’s new chat show

Donal Gallery, Siobhán Cullen and Ali White in The Effect at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Theatre review: Lucy Prebble’s sceptical play puts our feelings under close examination

Skilled and subtle: Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge. Photograph: RTE

Cutting Edge is a talk show that actually demonstrates listening. These days, that’s a pretty sharp tactic

Siobhan Cullen and Donal Gallery in The Effect. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What happens when love really is the drug? Lucy Prebble, writer of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Enron, explores the options wit(...)

Paul Reid, Caitríona Ennis  and Colin Campbell  in  Corn Exchange’s “Dublin by Lamplight” at the Abbey Theatre until April 1st. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Corn Exchange’s marvellous, witty creation brings house down at the Abbey

Mireille Enos as lead PI with her team in ‘The Catch’ on Sky Atlantic

Perma-smirking Peter Krause and thrillseeker Mireille Enos back for series two of the Shonda Rhimes show

The drug  Primodos was prescribed to identify pregnancy, but campaigners say it was responsible for deformities in childen

A pharmaceutical scandal over birth defects in Britain has been unravelling and stalling for half a century. Can a documentary br(...)

A performance of almost microscopic detail: Michael Gambon in  Samuel Beckett’s Eh, Joe

In two short plays at the Beckett Friel Pinter Festival, one brings us up close and personal with a great actor, while another fin(...)

Marvel's Iron Fist

Iron Fist is the last and by all means least of the comic book stable’s street-level heroes

Divide conquers: streaming pushed all 16 songs on Ed Sheeran’s new album into the top 20. Photograph: Ben Watts

Streaming services’ unforgiving metrics reveal our true habits. But that doesn’t mean we can’t also aim higher

 Smooth-talking and dapper: Declan Conlon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Falling in love is the hardest thing, in this less-is-more production of Brian Friel’s play

From left, Dylan Burke, Lee Burke, Fiacre Ryan, Hughie Malone, Niamh Biddulph and Adam Harris in Autism and Me

RTÉ’s brilliant documentary focuses on people with autism, and in the words of one contributor is a stirring look at ‘my aestheti(...)

 Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies

This show wants to be God of Carnage but ends up as Desperate Housewives. And when a character tucks a revolver under her pillo(...)

From the Women on Walls documentary: artist Blaise Smith creating the group picture of Royal Irish Academy women. Photograph: RTÉ

Cameras follow the brushstrokes as the Royal Irish Academy creates its first-ever portraits of female members

Stefanie Martini as young Jane Tennison: “While Tennison is the protagonist, she is still a marginal figure.”

Prime Suspect 1973 has smart moments and is full of great period detail, but feels thinner than its 1990s forebear

Bring Me Sunshine:  Mikel Murfi in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk

Shades of Vladimir and Estragon, by way of Morcambe and Wise, brilliantly colour this revived and recast take on Enda Walsh tale(...)

In the margins: Barry Murphy, Gary Cooke and Risteárd Cooper in the new series of Après Match of the Day. Photograph: RTÉ

The best jokes are in the 1970s-style ad breaks. ‘Don’t have that fifth pint before driving’

Barbara Brennan, Best Actress winner, with actor Amelie Metcalfe at the ‘Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The major prizes at this year’s event were shared among a varied set of productions

Sarah-Jane Moloney O’Regan and her family: Deafness is ‘a huge part of who I am’

It’s a different experience to be deaf in Ireland today, where impediments are fewer and choices have broadened, but a documentary(...)

The Peacock Theatre under the Abbey will become ‘a flexible and responsive venue, with three rapid-reaction events scheduled for May’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The self-described ‘Engine room of Irish theatre’ has spluttered in recent years. With the announcement of 20 productions, the Ab(...)

 Graham McLaren and Neil Murray,  directors of the Abbey Theatre, hope to fire up the Peacock again, with a new programme of plays. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A version of ‘The Tempest’, set in west Kerry, called ‘A Shitstorm’, is slated for theatre

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney  in Catastrophe. Photograph: Channel 4

Like any good double act, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have great chemistry, but what sets their comedy apart is its remarkable (...)

Good cop, sad cop: Olivia Colman, David Tennant and Julie Hesmondhalgh in Broadchurch

The detective series is a study in division,and it also asks tough questions about our approach to victims

Maeve O’Mahony v the world in Jericho

Dealing with nothing smaller than human history, Malaprop’s stimulating new show might have taken on more than any one metaphor(...)

Food as philosophy: Jeong Kwan and David Gelb in the first episode of Chef’s Table

To eat at Jeong Kwan’s, one must have embarked fully on the road to spiritual enlightenment – which makes it an easier booking th(...)

I am willing to do whatever it takes to avoid my fate,” Axe tells his rebooted firm, endearingly unfamiliar with how fate works. Photograph: James Minchin/Showtime

It would be nice to take Billions as a leering satire on the new Masters of the Universe, but next to the real thing is small pota(...)

Sam Riley as detective superintendent Douglas Archer in SS-GB.  Photograph: Laurie Sparham

An economically suffering Britain falls under the influence of fascist rule. Thankfully nothing as unsettling as the BBC’s grippin(...)

Emily Watson in  Apple Tree Yard: “One of the most fascinating things . . . is her preoccupation with being witnessed. ‘You made me feel important,’ she tells her lover, and her unimportance seems a persistent fear.”

To be young now is to be hounded for personal data in exchange for trinkets and services

This documentary purports to examine what Russian hooligans plan for the World Cup when it’s on their home turf. But instead it ge(...)

Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

The starry line-up features work by Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel and Harold Pinter

Losing time: Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

Set in Tasmania, The Kettering Incident ought to be poles apart from the wanderlust mysteries we’ve become used to. So why does th(...)

Waterford-based A&E nurse Berna Breen heads to Tegucigalpa in Honduras, one of the most violent places on Earth

After a horror show in Honduras, most viewers will find the sight of a bleeding Irish farmer oddly comforting, as one hardworking (...)

In Sneaky Pete, Giovanni Ribisi’s practiced  grifter  becomes an apprentice bounty hunter. These days that’s almost the working definition of the American dream

Bryan Cranston plays the kingpin to Giovanni Ribisi’s slick grifter in Amazon’s deft and zippy swindle

Emily Watson’s understated performance is alive to the clichés of betrayal

An affair that begins impulsively in a broom cupboard and is conducted in sheltered alleyways ends in the harsh scrutiny of a publ(...)

The Fake News Show team:  Stephen Mangan (centre) hosts with, from left,   Richard Osman, Richard Ayoade , Katherine Ryan and Jon Richardson

Panellists compete for scores measured in clicks and spread bait on Twitter in a quiz that looks to reclaim fake news for satire(...)

Risteárd Cooper and Rory Nolan in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Red

The Belgian songwriter’s caustic social criticism is at the heart of the Gate Theatre production

Risteárd Cooper, Karen McCartney, Stephanie McKeon and Rory Nolan and in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The appeal of Brel’s songs has always been their urgency, but despite commanding performances, the Gate’s new staging feels like (...)

There's plenty of beauty and energy in the Connemara filmed series, but the dangerous pleasure in An Klondike 2 is to see life red(...)

Arts critic  and musician Adam Clayton with arts critic and musician John Kelly

TV review: These are tough times for cultural programming and arts criticism, discovers the new series of The Works Presents - ev(...)

Dr Eva Orsmond in a scene from her new RTÉ documentary, ‘Medication Nation’.

Dr Eva Orsmond’s new documentary diagnoses a problem but fails to prescribe for it

The governor’s grizzled old flame: Dennis Quaid in Fortitude

It’s grim up north as series two of Sky Atlantic's glossy Norwegian drama turns into a zombie thriller on ice

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Count and his motley crew

The Lemony Snicket books get the treatment they deserve, and no special effect is quite as farfetched as Neil Patrick Harris

The Spinning Heart , at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

In director Paul Brennan’s staging of Donal Ryan’s novel, each performer is given an uncontested moment to shine

 “I know it’s appearance, but it’s also important,” says Tara (Amy Huberman) in Striking Out, which could be the show’s mantra

RTÉ’s latest glossy show was originally titled Cheaters, and after just four episodes, that gives a better indication of where its(...)

President Vaclav Havel inspected troops upon his arrival at Dublin airport for a three-day visit in 1996. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Vaclav Havel provided a stirring example of leadership in challenging times, whether picking generals or asking citizens to ‘live (...)

Building site foreman Andy Farrell in Generation F’ed

There is little sign of recovery in this furious, stylised documentary series

Co-director and star Olwen Fouéré in Laurent Gaudé’s ‘Danse, Morob’, at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Laurent Gaudé’s play, translated by co-director and star Olwen Fouéré, tells the tale of a Republican hunger striker’s remains dis(...)

Then Comes Marriage?: How sincere is a show that dispenses its wisdom by asking people to recognise “how similar your shadows are”?

The people most likely to benefit from this show are those whose relationships are founded on the solid basis of judging other cou(...)

Kevin Barry on May and Timothy (Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey, above) the protagonists of Autumn Royal: “I really like them. It’s because their situation is so devastating. There is never a solution that’s workable in this kind of situation”

You can’t keep the darkly comic writer from the theatre – hardly surprising for a ‘frustrated actor’. He talks about his play Autu(...)

The blow-out episode of Sherlock is an awkward attempt to adapt every conceivable film genre, as though seduced by the aura of its stars’ careers. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

Russian hackers may have leaked the episode, but the show’s makers have taken a once smart and nimble show and made it bloated and(...)

Irish Times Irish  Theatre Awards judges Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

The ‘Irish Times’ IrishTheatre Awards judges have been impressed by the sector's strength in depth but concerned about the effect (...)

La Cage aux Folles. Photograph: Pamela Raith

This admirable performance is risqué rather than truly risk-taking

David Bowie in the video for Lazarus, from his final album Blackstar

The BBC’s fine portrait of the final years of Bowie’s life revealed the touching mortality of the man as well as canny self-awa(...)

 Noam Chomsky with presenter  Ian Kehoe in RTE One’s The Great Irish Sell Off. Photograph: RTE

Beyond its chilling indictment, RTÉ’s film was a stirring call to action

Tom Hardy as James Delaney in Taboo, a Regency era heavy who prefers slim-fit frock coats

Tom Hardy, a genetic stalemate between beauty and brutishness, is picking a fight with the British empire in the BBC’s new antiher(...)

A brilliantly earnest Alia Shawkat in Search Party

Someone goes missing in Brooklyn, and her sort-of friends almost try and find her while being busy making their feelings known on(...)

Lively crew: Dublin divorce lawyers, including  Amy Huberman (right), in Striking Out

There are many things we could resolve to do this year – join a gym, fight fascism – but if the TV screen wins out instead, the(...)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: A tousle-haired, mercurial automaton and his  peevish doormat

The latest instalment scatters pleasing clues, mysterious and literary, through its narrative. But rather than settle on any one (...)

Lively crew: Dublin divorce lawyers, including  Amy Huberman (right), in Striking Out

Amy Huberman and the rest of the cast seem lost in the weird comedy and supposed drama of this show

Brit Marling in The OA

Meet The OA, a Netflix show shrink-wrapped in manufactured mystery. It seems to have come from nowhere, which is also where it is (...)

Thisispopbaby - ‘Riot’

Culture review 2016: The familiar delivered fresh revelations, while ghosts haunted many of our stages

From left, Johnny Murphy, Alan Stanford and Barry McGovern in The Gate’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Photograph: Anthony  Woods

It’s taken eight years for this tour diary to make it on to our screens, and for Johnny Murphy it marked the end of his acting roa(...)

The Invisible Man: Devon Terrell as a young Barack Obama in Barry. Photograph: Netflix

The new Netflix release tells an elegant story of a young man learning to become visible – and throws his imminent departure in(...)

A matter of perspective: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West in The Affair. Photograph: Showtime

Dominic West and Ruth Wilson continue their dangerous liaisons the third series in Sky Atlantic’s drama

The crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett, as featured in The Crossing

One of the rare and essential skills of RTÉ’s The Crossing, an uncommonly powerful documentary on an Irish response to the migrant(...)

Des Bishop in ‘This Is Ireland’: smart, fast, informed and compassionate, he just needs a position to shoot from

TV Review: ‘This Is Ireland’, ‘Westworld’, ‘This Is Us’

Anthony Hopkins plays Dr Robert Ford with his  customary silken menace in Westworld

Westworld shows you “who you really are”, say its more evangelical visitors, and few series better reward their fans’ obsession wi(...)

Des Bishop is ‘smart, fast, informed and compassionate; he just needs a position to shoot from’

After an uncertain debut, Des Bishop’s new show seems to be picking cynicism over outrage. But an intervention from Blindboy B(...)

Abbey directors Neil Murray and Graham McLaren:“It isn’t just one vision. It feels genuinely collaborative, because we’re responding to other artists, other companies – their needs, wants and desires – as well as our own.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The first programme from the national theatre’s new directors is ‘pragmatic and philosophical’, with an adaptation of Room, a 'gre(...)

Karen McCartney and Donal Gallery in The Heiress. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Gate's big Christmas show is an adaptation of a Henry James’s novella. It could be played as a reassuring costume drama – but (...)

Francie Brady appears to seize the narrative from Pat McCabe (above)

Catching up with the original Butcher Boy in a psychiatric institution, Pat McCabe’s new play feels less like a sequel than a bem(...)

Caitriona Ennis in “Test Dummy”: “I never wanted neuroses”

Caitríona Daly’s play attempts to slip into a stream-of-consciousness but can’t break its own vicious cycle

IActor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Arron Burr  in Hamilton, speaks from the stage after the curtain call in New York, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the latest celebrity to attend the Broadway hit   but the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage. (Hamilton LLC via AP)

What do we make of US vice-president-elect’s visit to the stage musical ‘Hamilton’ and of Donald Trump’s Twitter review?

‘Bridget & Eamon’ series two, episode one, starring Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea in the title roles, and special guests Mark Huberman and Aoibhinn McGinnity as Mikey and Barbara. Photograph: RTÉ

TV Review: ‘Bridget & Eamon’, ‘Hacked’, ‘Cloud Control’, ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

Inmates out: Andrew Bennett and Mark O’Halloran in The Importance of Nothing

Wilde had to be discreet with his double meanings - In Pan Pan’s arch and fractured riff on his life and work, they try to have h(...)

Plain truths: Kevin Murphy in Bewley’s Café Theatre’s production of Honest

Honesty may be the worst possible policy in DC Moore’s acrid comedy, given an engaging production by Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

Bridget,  a wound-up, chain-smoking housewife with glasses as big as two television sets, and Eamon, an incompetent, sour, mean simpleton

Luridly kitsch design can’t cover up the lack of fresh material in this second season

Dangerous liaisons: My Mother and Other Strangers

The show is obsessed with the inevitability of change though its approach seems trapped in the past

Sarah Harding in Ghost the Musical: “An electric pottery wheel is dutifully rolled on and off, while Unchained Melody plays briefly over some tepid kneading.”

Hell is surely enduring yet another lifeless stage musical knockoff of a hit film

‘A show that looks like it could have been shot on a borrowed phone while someone keeps sketch for the security guards’

Mr Chrome and a talking fish makes as much sense of the economy as the analysis available on more sober channels

Blue Raincoat’s revival of ‘Alice in Wonderland’suggests a long-standing kinship with adventurers

With the closure of several regional theatre companies since 2008, and new funding mechanisms that favour Dublin-based artists, ca(...)

What becomes of the broken hearted? A lonely sloth negotiates his Tinder equivalent

The BBC’s latest nature documentary series is phenomenal, from its love-sick sloths to its canny social media campaign

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown, Netflix’s lavish new regal drama

Review: As RTÉ 2 broadcasts a necessary documentary on rape culture, Netflix looks at the British monarchy

Author Louise O’Neill in RTÉ documentary Asking for It

Louise O’Neill explores Ireland’s rape culture in this fascinating Reality Bites documentary

The cast “Alice in Wonderland”: for this revival, director Niall Henry pairs Alice (Miriam Needham) with an older version of herself (Hilary Bowen-Walsh), raising all kinds of conceptual ideas

Blue Raincoat takes a nostalgic trip down the rabbit hole of its own history

In an artfully camp revue of WWI-era songs, the dazzling performance artist Taylor Mac conscripts the audience into an enjoyable a(...)

HBO’s must-see series is more evidence that philosophical pessimism grows in appeal during downbeat times

Siobhán McCarthy and Killian Donnelly as Irene and Jackie Day in “Donegal” by Frank McGuinness which is having its premiere  as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Peter Rowen

Frank McGuinness’s sprawling new ‘play with songs’ does not always hit the high notes

 Dario Fo on the stage in a Milan theatre in 1997: “I was born politicised.”

The Italian actor, director and dramatist never shied away from confrontation – from the Vatican to Berlusconi

List for life: Jonny Donahoe in Every Brilliant Thing. Photograph: Richard Davenport

In Duncan Macmillan’s charming play, the audience helps compile a list of things that make life worth living

Eddie Kay in The Circus Animals’ Desertion by Brokentalkers which is running in the Samuel Beckett Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Keith Dixon Photography

Brokentalkers’ surreal piece of dance theatre takes WB Yeats at his word

The Seagull gathers an excellent ensemble

In Corn Exchange’s witty and absorbing new version, set in contemporary Ireland, the feathers fly again

Guerilla by El Conde de Torrefiel at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Titanne Bregentzer

Behind the outwardly peaceable or noisy crowd scenes in this dystopian fantasy, there are wars waiting to erupt

Helen and |, by Meadhbh McHugh, which illustrates the role of subjectivity in theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Consider Friel’s plays and you realise what happens on stage can be acutely subjective   

A haunting experience: Daniel Monaghan in ‘These Rooms’ by Anú and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, at  85/86 Upper Dorset Street,  as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: Time stands still in Anu and CoisCéim’s thrillingly immersive co-production, where the unresolved trauma(...)

Asking for discipline in the dramaturgy may be beside the point: ideas and expressions have been pointedly herded together.

Dublin Theatre Festival: Ideas flock together in visual artist and shepherd Orla Barry new performance piece

Harry Jardine in A Midsummer Night’s Dream , at Bord Gais Energy Theatre  as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival: Shakespeare’s comedy of transformation and desire meets the raucous energy of an outdoor music festival i(...)

Bristling sincerity: Oisín McKenna in Gays against the Free State!

The anarchic clatter of agit-prop has many things to say about the position of LGBT people in Irish society...

Druid ’s new production of Martin McDonagh’s 1996 play, where violence is best kept in the family, has Marie Mullen, originally th(...)

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