Alone It Stands – John Breen

In 1978 the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team toured Ireland. They had already demolished national and regional sides from all over the British Isles and seemed unbeatable. On October 31st they met Munster, a provincial outfit made up  ...

The Homecoming – Harold Pinter

Despite shifts in the moral, social, and political climate since 1964, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming remains a challenging work of theatre. It is complex, confrontational, and casually brutal about human nature. It is also linguistically rich, laden with levels  ...

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Act V, scene ii. The death of Hamlet Eugene Delacroix lithograph, 1843 Director Sam Dowling’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s most widely-read play is a treat for both devotees and initiates. Though tightly compressed into a neat two  ...

Contact

Like the 1975 musical megahit A Chorus Line, Contact grew out of an idea nurtured in a dancers' workshop environment. But Michael Bennett's glittering musical was rooted in the personal experiences of the dancers within the workshop. The book  ...

Big Maggie – John B. Keane

Big Maggie is a compelling vision of the Irish mother as sociopath. Maggie Polpin (Marie Mullen) is a just widowed mother of four living in rural Ireland, now sole owner of the family shop and farm. She a complex  ...

Eden – Eugene O’Brien

Despite great theatrical monologues from Irish dramatists including Beckett and Friel, new voices in Irish theatre are inevitably finding themselves in the shadow of Conor McPherson, who has virtually cornered the market on the form in the past decade.  ...

The First Picture Show

Suggested reading: Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema (1995), Janet Staiger And the Mirror Cracked: Feminist Cinema and Film Theory (1998), Anneke Smelik Black Women Film and Video Artists (1998), Jacqueline Bobo (Editor)  ...

Closer – Patrick Marber

If sex sells, Patrick Marber’s "Closer" should make a bundle. But this British comedy-drama of coupling and uncoupling, instant attraction and inveterate infidelity, offers more than just a voyeur’s peek inside somebody else’s bedroom. It exposes the raw  ...

Honour – Joanna Murray-Smith

There is honor among thieves, honor thy father and mother and the honor of the corps. Then there’s the sort of honor that one partner is supposed to accord the other in a relationship – and the honor due  ...