Our Few and Evil Days: “You listen to the painstaking dialogue, though, like a surveillance team hoping to catch someone in confession”

Our Few and Evil Days Abbey Theatre, Dublin ****It isn’t remarkable that Mark O’Rowe, a master of sensational monologues, should return to dialogue fo(...)

Peter Coonan playing David Drumm in TV3’s ‘The Guarantee’

In a world of coincidences, here’s a delicious one.Peter Coonan, the ‘Fran’ actor from Love/Hate, is playing former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive D(...)

Zrinka Cvitesic, winner of the best actress in a musical award for ‘Once’ poses in the press room at the Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera Housein London. Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

The West End adaptation of the film Once took two awards at the prestigious Laurence Olivier award ceremony in London last night. Dublin(...)

We’ll miss Brian O’Driscoll’s  magic alright, and another win in Paris is the only fitting end. The real question is, what in hell are we going to do without him? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

So there we were looking at Ireland-Italy from the bowels of the West End theatre where yours truly is appearing in Conor McPherson’s (...)

Modern family: Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’

Restaurant reviewers have a rule that they don’t barrel in, fork and sharp knife at the ready, on opening night – it’s only fair to let the pla(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

Brian Cox: ‘My family are all Irish. They were forced to move, to wander and be uprooted.’ Above, in Conor McPherson’s The Weir. Photograph: Helen Warner

Shortly after 6pm, the stalls and balconies in the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End are empty. A faint smell of paint and wax lies in the bac(...)

Orson Welles, aged just 26 when he made Citizen Kane

You’re only as old as you feel – and, with the beginning of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, I have come to feel as sprightly as the guy who Methus(...)

Tom Hanks with the Irish Rep’s co-founders Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly

In the words of Brian Friel, this is a sacred place. It is not a church, and was once a warehouse, but the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York has a f(...)

The Seafarer Lyric Theatre, Belfast HHH Hell is other people, one c(...)