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. It is ironic then that Eugene O’Brien’s Eden should open  ...

Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in Concert

The first thing you see as you squeeze by the ticket booth is a guy standing outside holding a huge sign which says: "Cool," says one gray-beard to his friend in relaxed-fit jeans. "Are those bands?" We all head to our seats. The first line we hear from  ...

Down the Line – Paul Mercier

Return Engagement Dublin: The Peacock Theatre February 21 - March 31, 2001 Beautifully written domestic drama from Paul Mercier, whose mission to show “that high drama exists in lower life, that the extraordinary is to be found among the ordinary” continues. The story concerns  ...

A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

A century and a quarter have passed since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House scandalized respectable audiences and delighted independent thinkers. A lot of progress has been made since then, especially in the area of women’s rights. But, as the old saying goes: “The more things change…” It’s not all  ...

Dirty Blonde – Claudia Shear

"I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde." Some Mae West fans can quote every line from every film and then some. In Claudia Shear's play with music, lots of recognizable West lines have been tossed into the script, but sometimes it's hard to know  ...

Dinner With Friends – Donald Margulies

It might have been called “A Tale of Two Marriages.” Whatever the title, Donald Margulies’ Dinner With Friends merits its Pulitzer Prize. An apparently simple story of one couple’s breakup and its effect on their closest friends, it evolves into an examination of the nature of friendship itself. How  ...

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 nerve of pain that comes with the territory of love,  ...

Chicago – The Musical

Walter Bobbie's revival of Fred Ebb and John Kander's Chicago (seen by your reviewer in London in January) is, seemingly, unstoppable. Productions are opening the world over to ecstatic reviews and the London mounting, which had its first performance in November 1997, is no exception. The  ...

Candide

Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein ... Like virtually every other major production before it, the Royal National Theatre’s Candide has undergone considerable alteration. One of the great flawed Broadway musicals, the show has been endlessly revised since its premier in 1956. Along the way it  ...