Gene Rooney and Charlie Bonner in Bread Not Profits. Photograph: Caleb Purcell

BREAD NOT PROFITS Cleeves Toffee Factory, Limerick ★★★★★ Shakespeare used his history plays to explore issues relating to the morality of power and (...)

Rathmines Road: Janet Moran, Charlie Bonner, Karen Ardiff, Enda Oates and Rebecca Root in Deirdre Kinahan’s play. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

RATHMINES ROAD Abbey Theatre ★ ★ ★ Recent hearings may bring a shudder of topicality to Deirdre Kinahan’s new play for Fishamble and the Abbey, but t(...)

‘The Man Who Fell to Pieces’ by Patrick J O’Reilly

A young woman called Caroline is visiting the house, which her boyfriend John shares with his mother. She has brought with her a bag. In the bag is Jo(...)

Amilia Stewart as Cass in Inhabitance

Inhabitance Project Arts Centre, Dublin ★★★ Life doesn’t imitate art, Woody Allen said; it imitates bad television. The premise of Peter Dunne’(...)

The Kings of the Kilburn High Road Pavilion Theatre, Dublin *** It is hard to think of a more persuasive image of hell than this: a back room in (...)

Dancing at Lughnasa Lyric Theatre, Belfast ****   Marconi, the wireless set acquired by the five unmarried Mundy sisters in 1(...)

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)