Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

 Stephen Rea  and Sean McGinley  take a  bow after performing in Ages of the Moon in New York in 2010. Photograph: Ben Hider/Getty Images

The actor Stephen Rea will receive this year’s Special Tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The presentation will be made at (...)

Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin in Zabriskie Point

Good grief. It must have been genuinely terrifying to be old, weary and conservative in the United States at the end of the 1960s. Sure, Nixon had jus(...)

Jim Mickle has directed two pretty good films with Cold in July. The first is a rural noir (decorated with a very satisfactory second-act twist) that (...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: sadly,  we will never see his Falstaff or his Captain Ahab. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When an actor dies too young – let’s name no other names – we sometimes err on the side of hyperbolic adulation. Why not? It’s only polite. Nobody wan(...)

August: Osage County

Welcome to Osage County, population: showily deranged. This is one heck of a place. Nobody is able to open his or her mouth without touching on some t(...)

Stephen Rea in Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)

In a bright room in Derry, in the mid-afternoon, two men meet and immediately start speaking in riddles. “Your idea of the miniature was good.”“Yeah, (...)

Stephen Rea and Bríd Brennan, who play Oedipus and Jocasta

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) Playhouse, Derry****“That’s where it all begins,” says a forensics expert at the scene of a brutal murder, po(...)

Mud

Over the last few years, Jeff Nichols has gathered a small, fervent following – the very definition of a cult – with two extraord(...)

Jeff Nichols crept up on us. Lucky old us. In 2007, a fortunate few were clever enough to catch a powerful southern melodrama named (...)