“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Jarlath Tivnan, Maria McDermottroe and Pat Shortt in Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara” directed by Andrew Flynn, Decadent Theatre. Photograph: Darragh Kane

FOUR STARS Olympia Theatre In Martin McDonagh’s fictional Leenane, people “smile at you ‘til you’re a mile away before they start talking behind yo(...)

Isobel Mahon (left) and Maria McDermottroe

When did you last cry? Maria: This morning. Whatever show I was listening to on radio – I think it was Sean O’Rourke – they had a singer on and he sa(...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

The Chastitute Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★ “What I am, is a disaster,” says John Bosco McLaine, by way of introduction. In Stephen Brennan’s warm perfo(...)

Pat Donlon,  with her daughter Sinéad Kelly, granddaughter Emma Kelly and Frank Young at  Phelim Donlon’s funeral,  at the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phelim Donlon loved this time of year, his wife, Pat, recalled at the end of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dubl(...)