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(...)

Trad: Clare Barrett, Emmet Kirwan and Seamus O’Rourke in Aaron Monaghan’s production at the Abbey

TRAD Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre ★★★☆☆ Mark Doherty’s debut play, a sideways look at generational inheritance first staged in 2004, seems to follow (...)

That they meet is a matter of convenience, but the two women will soon have something unsettling in common

SPOTLESS Civic Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ The two characters in Gary Duggan’s new play seem defined by what divides them. Genevieve (Ciara O’Callaghan), a(...)

Tonight with Donny Stixx: Rex Ryan in Philip Ridley’s play

THE RIDLEYS Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ What goes up must come down in the two plays in this double bill of Philip Ridley monologues, (...)

The spinning gods of desire and anger: Daithí Mac Suibhne  in Hero, by Ken Rogan, directed by Amilia Stewart, at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

I AM TONIE WALSH Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Previews Nov 27 Opens Nov 28-Dec 1. 7.30pm (Fri-Sat 7pm) €15-€20 projectartscentre.ie More than a decade(...)

Hero: Daithí Mac Suibhne is absorbing as John Smithy, whose name slyly puts him somewhere between Everyman and a nobody

HERO Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin ★★★★☆ A distinguished warrior on the football pitch, a loyal and aggressive leader of men, the protagonist of Ken (...)

I Am a Bird: ‘A play full of swift, involving ideas and deep personal feeling’

Theatre Upstairs, Dublin *** In one ghoulish moment in Ross Gaynor’s bruised but tender-hearted play for The Breadcrumb Trail, the speaker of his f(...)