Like an Oscar statuette rescued from a house fire: Pat Kinevane gives his character a vitality beyond death in Fishamble’s ‘Underneath’. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Underneath Civic Theatre, Tallaght ****   She speaks to us from within the grave and beyond; an otherworldly figure, painted g(...)

Back row, Máire Hastings, Stella McCusker and Máire Ní Ghráinne; front row, Helen Roche, Andrew Bennett and Fiona Bell in rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe was in full swing on a recent evening in the Abbey Theatre rehearsal room. It(...)

Andrew Scott’s sublime attention to detail in Sea Wall has an  hypnotic effect.   Photograph: Ken Cummins
Review: Sea Wall

Sea Wall Project Arts Centre, Dublin *****It may be best to know as little as possible before going to Sea Wall, a play that, at its most profound, is(...)

Andrew Scott: ‘Ever since I’ve done Sea Wall it has influenced all of the work I’ve done. That relationship with the audience, that idea of it being live.’ Photograph: Kevin Cummins

‘This may be him now,” says Howard Rombough, the hotel PR manager, as a sleek car rolls up to the door. It is not him. We are waiting by the entrance (...)

Backstage at 24 Hour Plays: stage managers work out lighting and musical cues during tech rehearsals. Photograph: Peter Crawley

Leaving home at 6am on a freezing Sunday earlier this month, after less than an hour of sleep and dressed in a makeshift uniform of black clothing (...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)

Everything Between Us Project Arts Centre, Dublin ****It takes an especially brave writer, or perhaps a fairly reckless one, to alienate his audience (...)

Shaun Dingwall (centre) and Katie McGuinness are competing influences on comic Brian Doherty

Death of a Comedian Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Early in Owen McCafferty’s new play, co-produced by the Abbey, the Lyric and London’s (...)

Marty Rea in The Caretaker at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

It was almost invisible, lying lost in a corner, soon to be discarded. But a visitor to the set of the Abbey Theatre’s recent She Stoops to Conquer(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)