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Beginning, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

BEGINNING Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Among the more poignant micronarratives to emerge in our age are the personal ads known as Missed Connection. Ta(...)

The Children: Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

THE CHILDREN Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Although they are retirees, all former nuclear scientists, and two with adult offspring, Hazel and Robin and (...)

Nicholas Pound as the Proprietor in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

ASSASSINS  ★★★★ Gate Theatre, Dublin  In the United States of America, anyone can grow up to be president. Everyone else, though, can (...)

Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

Melt Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin  ★★★ “So, what brings you to the end of the world?” asks Owen Rowe’s brusque ecologist, Prof Boylan, recently jo(...)

Donal Gallery, Siobhán Cullen and Ali White in The Effect at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

The Effect ★★★ Project Arts Centre Dublin For those prone to over-analyse, there are sly pleasures hiding within the chemical under trial in Lucy Pre(...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

Donal McCann as Frank Hardy in the Abbey Theatre’s Irish premiere of Faith Healer in 1980. Photograph: Fergus Bourke, courtesy of the Abbey Theatre

We asked some of this year’s nominees for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards to recall an influential piece of theatre that helped to shape their v(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

Beth Cooke gives a fine, sinuous performance of a woman’s suffocated potential

Through a Glass Darkly Project Arts Centre, Dublin ***   “Holidays! They’re supposed to be relaxing but in fact they’re just (...)

Mary-Lou McCarthy and Marie Ruane. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Bees! The Ark ***   Mel is a honeybee without a hive. Luke is a Bumblebee with bombast aplenty. Marsha is a solitary bee with(...)

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