Chekhov

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Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Chekhov once called for drama to be as naturalistic as possible by drawing one poignant example. “People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner,” he (...)

Helena Molony (1883–1967), actor, republican, trade unionist, and feminist, was born on January 15th, 1883, at 8 Cole’s Lane, off Henry Street in Dubl(...)

Willie White, director of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Willie White is moving beyond it. It isn’t that the artistic director of the Dublin Theatre Festival (DTF) is reluctant to discuss this year’s setbac(...)

 Derbhle Crotty: capturing her character’s rich history. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Afterplay Gate Theatre ★★★★ Brian Friel was often described as the Irish Chekhov. In his plays from the 1970s, in particular Living Quarters and Ar(...)

 Smooth-talking and dapper: Declan Conlon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Yalta Game ★★★★ Gate Theatre, Dublin In a short play commissioned by the Gate, Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game from 2001, inner lives and outward ap(...)

 John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in Seville in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

John Vincent Hurt, actor, born 22 January 1940, died 27 January 2017 Few British actors of recent years have been held in as much affection as John H(...)

An earnest young playwright announces his experimental new work with a pretentious flourish, exhorting the lakeside shadows, or mists (depending on yo(...)

Saoirse Ronan in The Lovely Bones.

Saoirse Ronan ascends yet another rung on the ladder of fame as she appears on the international cover of this week’s Time magazine. The Irish actor(...)

Should you ever require an Oscar winner to compile cheat notes for a play, might we point you towards Geoffrey Rush, an actor who can make you rethin(...)

It seems only right and proper that a sparky, funny clever-clogs like Kate Beckinsale is something of a Jane Austen veteran. During the 1990s, the (...)