Giulio Cesare – George Frideric Handel

See Harvey O'Brien's background of the opera and review of Opera Ireland's production (with performance schedules and CD and video recommendations) For nearly two decades Nicholas McGegan has conducted San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  ...

Bailegangaire – Tom Murphy

The literal translation of the title of this play is "town without laughter", although the script refers more generally to a "place" without laughter, which gives some indication of its tone. Tom Murphy’s dark, gripping reflection on disconnection, loss,  ...

Commmunion – Aidan Mathews

Dublin born poet and author Aidan Mathews studied at Stanford University under the philosopher and theologian Rene Girard. Communion is one of those plays which seems like the playwright is still working things out. Mathews has written something of  ...

Gates of Gold – Frank McGuinness

Hilton Edwards and Miche�l MacLiamm�ir were two of the most important figures in twentieth century Irish theatre. Edwards was best known as a producer and director and MacLiamm�ir an actor, although he was also a designer, writer, and director  ...

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again – Michel Tremblay

Michel Tremblay is best known as a political playwright. His 1965 play Les Belles Soeurs, revolutionized Canadian theatre. Written in joual, the Quebequoise working class vernacular, the play dramatized the lives of proletarian women in Montreal. The combination of  ...

Hinterland – Sebastian Barry

London: Royal National Theatre February 28 - April 20 There are interesting thematic and structural feints in Sebastian Barry’s new play, and it contains enough political, philosophical, and psychological threads to suggest a genuine  ...

Bedbound – Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh has yet to achieve the international renown of Conor McPherson, but he is one of the most ferocious new voices in contemporary Irish theatre. He shot to fame in 1996 with the production of Disco Pigs, a  ...

Giulio Cesare – George Frideric Handel

The libretto for Handel’s Julius Caesar by Nicola Francesco Haym was adapted from renditions of the story popular in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Far from the dark tale of shadowy morality and political intrigue concocted by  ...

Don Carlo – Giuseppe Verdi

Schiller: Don Carlos and Mary Stuart Verdi With a Vengeance : An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Opera (2000),William Berger Online references on Spanish history  ...