Conversations on a Homecoming – Tom Murphy

Sandwiched between The Gigli Concert and Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming was first produced in 1985. Taking place in the West of Ireland in the early 1970s, it is a reflection on the ideals and idealism of  ...

Closing Time – Owen McCafferty

If the rapid-fire, razor-sharp, razzle-dazzle spectacle of Steppenwolf’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross was the highlight of the Dublin Theatre Festival for some, they might have done well to see the unfolding of the desperate, on-the-edge lives of a  ...

Ariel – Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s Ariel is a play which is clearly grappling with several major issues. In attempting to negotiate a space between an Irish ‘classical’ tradition and an ancient Greek one, and in trying to incorporate the not incompatible concerns  ...

Happy Days – Samuel Beckett

Happy Days: The Production Notebook of Samuel Beckett The Cherry Lane Theatre, an intimate little playhouse located at the elbow of an eccentric street in Greenwich Village, has for three-quarters of a century since its founding by Edna St.  ...

Burn This – Lanford Wilson

It's Lanford Wilson's turn to be rediscovered. Like his great precursors, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, his dramatic reputation rests on a substantial body of early work followed by a long period of diminished and unheralded productivity. Wilson was  ...

House of Blue Leaves – John Guare

A circus always is fun and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves, newly opened at Berkeley Rep, is a three-ring lollapalooza. You’ve got your hero, Artie (Jarion Monroe), a wannabe songwriter who feeds the animals at the zoo  ...

Betrayal – Harold Pinter

An extramarital affair.Almost a cliche, yet to the people having the affair it can become the center of the universe.At least at the beginning. In Betrayal, playwright Harold Pinter works backwards.The first two scenes are in the present.Scene one,  ...

Communicating Doors – Alan Ayckbourn

If summer is a time for light amusement (and that seems to be the theory under which Hollywood studios and book review sections of newspapers operate), then by all means have a couple of Margueritas and go enjoy Communicating Doors.  ...