Ireland Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Decadent Distills An Explosive PUMPGIRL BWW Review: Decadent Distills An Explosive PUMPGIRL
by Brendan Daly - July 29, 2017

With sparkling assurance, Abbie Spallen's Pumpgirl splices comedy and tragedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Surviving The CRESTFALL BWW Review: Surviving The CRESTFALL
by Brendan Daly - July 22, 2017

In a dystopian landscape charged with searing verbal aggression, sustained horror, and gratuitous violence, Crestfall unfolds on the day when the lives of Olive, Alison, and Tilly fatefully intersect.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: WONDERLAND, Grand Opera House, Belfast BWW Review: WONDERLAND, Grand Opera House, Belfast
by Kelly McElroy - March 30, 2017

In a contemporary re-imagining of the classic Lewis Carrol tale, Wonderland is Frank Wildhorn's new musical, currently touring venues around the UK until August. Originally produced in the US, then debuting at the Edinburgh Playhouse in January of this year, Wildhorn's new musical follows Alice, a s... (more...)
BWW Review: Waiting Never Felt So Good in WAITING FOR GODOT BWW Review: Waiting Never Felt So Good in WAITING FOR GODOT
by Brendan Daly - July 18, 2016

“Nothing happens,” thunders Estragon, “nobody comes, nobody goes – it's awful!” We are, of course, in the existential nowhere of Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's modern masterpiece, which flings metaphysical anguish up against slapstick comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Grieving for the dead in ARLINGTON [A LOVE STORY] BWW Review: Grieving for the dead in ARLINGTON [A LOVE STORY]
by Brendan Daly - July 15, 2016

Fresh from co-writing the musical play Lazarus with David Bowie, the awards-laden Irish dramatist Enda Walsh presents the world premiere of his latest work: Arlington [a love story].... (more...)
BWW Review: Bursting the Dam of Loneliness in THE WEIR BWW Review: Bursting the Dam of Loneliness in THE WEIR
by Brendan Daly - June 25, 2016

Four local men gather in a forgotten pub in a remote part of Ireland and attempt to impress an outsider, a young woman newly-arrived to the area, with their ghost stories, but she delivers a haunting story of loss that devastates them.... (more...)
BWW Review: Consecrating Childhood Confusions in Frank O'Connor's GOD BLESS THE CHILD BWW Review: Consecrating Childhood Confusions in Frank O'Connor's GOD BLESS THE CHILD
by Brendan Daly - June 08, 2016

On the 50th anniversary of the death of the acclaimed Irish short story writer Frank O'Connor, God Bless the Child fuses three of his works into a largely successful stage adaptation.... (more...)
BWW Review: HERE COMES THE NIGHT, Lyric Theatre, Apr 2016 BWW Review: HERE COMES THE NIGHT, Lyric Theatre, Apr 2016
by Chris McCormack - May 02, 2016

Rosemary Jenkinson's new play traces the 50th and 100th anniversaries of the 1916 Rising in Northern Ireland.... (more...)
BWW Review: SIGNATORIES, Kilmainham Gaol, Apr 2016 BWW Review: SIGNATORIES, Kilmainham Gaol, Apr 2016
by Chris McCormack - April 25, 2016

Leading Irish writers of today try to get inside the heads of the 1916 rebels.... (more...)
BWW Review: CASCANDO, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Apr 2016 BWW Review: CASCANDO, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Apr 2016
by Chris McCormack - April 25, 2016

Pan Pan's production of Samuel Beckett's radio play makes for a beautiful but mysterious promenade.... (more...)
BWW Review: CYPRUS AVENUE, Peacock Theatre, Feb 2016 BWW Review: CYPRUS AVENUE, Peacock Theatre, Feb 2016
by Chris McCormack - February 20, 2016

The foundations of Ulster Loyalism may be shakier than ever but in David Ireland's dark comedy that doesn't come without its sympathies.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WOLF AND PETER, Pavilion Theatre, Nov 2015 BWW Review: THE WOLF AND PETER, Pavilion Theatre, Nov 2015
by Chris McCormack - November 11, 2015

Beyond the gate and into the big green meadow, David Bolger's adaptation of Prokofiev's composition shows that it can pay off to take chances on the world outside.... (more...)
SHIBBOLETH - A World Premiere at Dublin's Abbey Theatre SHIBBOLETH - A World Premiere at Dublin's Abbey Theatre
by Charles Shubow - October 26, 2015

Stacy Gregg's latest play about 'Peace Walls' in Belfast.... (more...)
BWW Review: GOING SPARE, Theatre Upstairs, Oct 2015 BWW Review: GOING SPARE, Theatre Upstairs, Oct 2015
by Chris McCormack - October 26, 2015

In Siobhán Donnellan's new drama, a visit to a psychic exposes the ways - outlandish or otherwise - we manage the illogical circumstances of death,... (more...)
BWW Review: A Ceremonious Anniversary of DANCING AT LUGHNASA BWW Review: A Ceremonious Anniversary of DANCING AT LUGHNASA
by Chris McCormack - October 08, 2015

In the wake of Brian Friel's death, director Annabelle Comyn's clear production is more than dutiful. In pitting the mythic shapes of the Mundy sisters against the machinery of the industrial age, old Irish symbols are still painfully nostalgic.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST HOTEL - We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay BWW Review: THE LAST HOTEL - We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay
by Chris McCormack - October 02, 2015

Something strange is suppressed under a polite meeting inside a drab hotel. Change and stasis regularly collide in Enda Walsh's drama but transcendence feels possible in Donnacha Dennehy's music... (more...)
BWW Review: I'M YOUR MAN - Lost in Music BWW Review: I'M YOUR MAN - Lost in Music
by Chris McCormack - September 28, 2015

THISISPOPBABY's decision to stage Mark Palmer's 12-part song cycle is difficult to fathom.... (more...)
BWW Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Project Arts Centre, 26 September 2015 BWW Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Project Arts Centre, 26 September 2015
by Kevin Sherwin - September 26, 2015

With music/lyrics by Mark Palmer and book/direction by Phillip McMahon, I'm Your Man aims, to quote Palmer's note in the programme, 'to lay bare the plurality of the human psyche'; as one might gather from that, it's not exactly a laugh riot.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE - Sweeter than Heaven, Hotter than Hell BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE - Sweeter than Heaven, Hotter than Hell
by Chris McCormack - September 25, 2015

A cluttered bedsit becomes a refuge in Conor McPherson's drama. You can't help but see it staged against the current homelessness crisis.... (more...)
BWW Review: SCORE - Pinot Noir, Mid-sized Car BWW Review: SCORE - Pinot Noir, Mid-sized Car
by Chris McCormack - September 20, 2015

The fictional has-beens of Alan Howley and Jack Cawley resemble anxious players returning to settle old scores.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S MY PARTY CONFERENCE (AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO) - Send In the Clowns BWW Review: IT'S MY PARTY CONFERENCE (AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO) - Send In the Clowns
by Chris McCormack - September 20, 2015

Stefanie Preissner's new play was already promised to Tiger Dublin Fringe when her funding application was unsuccessful. In this once off performance, she makes a case for the vindication of the artist.... (more...)
BWW Review: YOUR OWN MAN/MAD NOTIONS - Finding the Beat of Your Own Drum BWW Review: YOUR OWN MAN/MAD NOTIONS - Finding the Beat of Your Own Drum
by Chris McCormack - September 18, 2015

Luke Murphy's svelte demeanour can instantly give way to warrior-like choreography. Why then is he struggling to break free from his cages?... (more...)
BWW Review: GHOSTS - Failing to Disappear BWW Review: GHOSTS - Failing to Disappear
by Chris McCormack - September 18, 2015

Dancers Ruairí Donovan and Asaf Aharonson flit as gentle lovers in this showing up of archaic law.... (more...)
BWW Review: YOU'RE NOT ALONE - Let Us Go, You and I BWW Review: YOU'RE NOT ALONE - Let Us Go, You and I
by Chris McCormack - September 17, 2015

Theatre etiquette is dashed in Kim Noble's epic search for companionship.... (more...)
BWW Review: MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND ... And Things of THAT Nature! BWW Review: MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND ... And Things of THAT Nature!
by Chris McCormack - September 16, 2015

To Thomas Bartlett's possessed swoops on the piano, Mx Justin Vivian Bond powerfully sends hexes out into the universe.... (more...)