Never say good luck: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane play the scheming theatrical producers in the movie musical version of Mel Brooks’ Broadway smash hit, The Producers. Photograph: Andrew Schwartz

In the summer of 1948 the behavioural psychologist BF Skinner, already a maverick in his field, appeared to be for the birds. Skinner had come to atte(...)

Director Ethan McSweeny and Aislín McGuckin in rehearsals for A Month in the Country at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Not long after Brian Friel had completed his second adaptation of the work of Ivan Turgenev, in 1999, adding to his growing store of translations, (...)

A Month in the Country Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Love is a game with uncertain rules and ruinous consequences in Brian Friel’s delicately amusing and(...)

**** Finally they find it, lurking at the bottom of a heap of unsolicited scripts: a diabolical gem that radiates bad taste. “It’s practica(...)

Anne Clarke on the set of Once in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anne Clarke is sitting in the light-filled atrium of a Dublin hotel, on a rare break from the swirl of meetings, rehearsals and emails that propel (...)

Fergus Linehan announcing his first festival programme as director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

‘I tried to stop,” says Fergus Linehan, “and I failed.” He says it like a man finally owning up to a compulsion. He is speaking about the business (...)

Portrait and landscape artist Mick O’Dea (centre) joined by some of the people he will paint for an evolving Kilkenny Arts Festival series, including (from left) actor Aisling O’Sullivan, Druid director Garry Hynes, actor  Derbhle Crotty  and Kilkenny Arts Festival director Eugene Downes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Kilkenny Arts Festival renews its classical focus in a new programme revealed today by festival director Eugene Downes. Dominated by the world’s l(...)

*** They haven’t gone away, you know. But what becomes of a decommissioned IRA member, put verifiably beyond use? Retired from service, afraid(...)

A Boy Called Nedd elucidates young Dublin in varied detail

***   The kids are not all right. That’s the impression given by Emily Gillmor Murphy’s debut play, staged by young company Bitter Li(...)

Pablo Picasso is thought to have produced about 50,000 artworks in his lifetime, but does that make him any less of an artist? Photograph: Ralph Gatti/Getty

‘How long did it take you to write that?” It was a curious question to begin the conversation, seemingly innocent but slightly loaded, from one artist(...)