Witty and relevant: the work of Oscar Wilde  has aged well

You could argue, with The Importance of Being Earnest at the Gate and You Never Can Tell at the Abbey, that our two major theatres are playing host to(...)

Ruth McGill in The Dead

The Dead Project Arts Centre, Dublin *** Everything happens just beneath the surface of James Joyce’s masterful short story The Dead. Arriving to(...)

Lisa Lambe and Rory Musgrave in The Dead. Photograph: Tom Swift

The party has barely started, but it already seems to be going around in circles. On the floor, near a long dining table set at a stark angle, guests(...)

 Caoimhe O’Malley Eleanor Methven James Murphy and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman in You Never Can Tell

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ** Where are we? Bernard Shaw’s 1896 comedy suggests an English seaside resort, where a mother and her three children have (...)

Patrick O’Donnell plays a former soldier struggling to adjust to life in Nebraska

Snake Eaters New Theatre, Dublin ** Hillis, a US soldier returning from Afghanistan, has seen more than his share of calamity. Played by Patr(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Marty Rea. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Importance of Being Earnest Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Double lives abound in Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy. At its centre is a man who is (...)

‘The Train’ musical: celebrating a pivotal moment for Irish feminism as envisaged by male writers

Not too long ago, in the middle of a show, a female character hit on a horrible realisation: she was not who she seemed. “First I was a lovely (...)

Yossi Goodlink, Michael Ajao and Freddie Watkins as Bill, Maurice and  Jack in Lord of the Flies. Photograph: Johan Persson

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin *** Stranded on an island in the wreckage of a plane crash, with no adult supervision, a fragile sense of democracy (...)

Beth Cooke and Peter Gowen in Through A Glass Darkly. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

On a rainy day in Dublin the other week, director Annie Ryan was battling traffic to get in for her final rehearsals of Through a Glass Darkly. Wit(...)

The Unlucky Cabin Boy Civic Theatre, Dublin *** Patrick O’Brien, an impoverished teenager from Limerick who escaped the workhouse in 1835 to become (...)