Minefield: a dark satire on politics, performance and bad influencers. Photograph: Kyle Cheldon Barnett

MINEFIELD Black Box, Smock Alley Theatre ★★★★☆ While left liberals and the alt right are not comparable, one sociologist recently put it, “they are c(...)

Beg, steal or borrow? Clare Monnelly in Charlie’s a Clepto

CHARLIE’S A CLEPTO Ramor Theatre, Cavan until March 23; Garage Theatre, Monaghan March 26; Roscommon Arts Centre March 27; Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (...)

Charlie’s a Clepto: Clare Monnelly populates a north Dublin neighbourhood with a gallery of distinctive characters

CHARLIE’S A CLEPTO Civic Theatre, Dublin ★★★★☆ If talent borrows and genius steals, as the old line goes, what does that make Charlie? The light-fing(...)

St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The forecast may not be great for this year’s St Patrick’s Day, but there are lots of events and other attractions, many indoors, to keep you entertai(...)

Writer Sonya Kelly: irony and insight. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Furniture ★★★★ Mick Lally Theatre, Galway Sonya Kelly’s magnificently funny new play for Druid begins with an unseen minister’s encomium for classic (...)

Clare Monnelly, as an aggressively direct friend Mary, Alison Spittle as Angela and  Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the nicely awkward Brid in Nowhere Fast

To judge from the first episode of Nowhere Fast (RTÉ Two, Monday, 10pm), co-writers Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland have created a winning comedy (...)

Admirable versatility: Charlene Gleeson, Clare Monnelly and Aoibheann McCann

Harder Faster More Smock Alley Theatre **   In an ideal world, these scenes of sexual content would raise whirlwinds of outra(...)