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  ...

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  ...

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)  ...

The Birthday Party

By Harold Pinter Irish Classical Theatre Company Buffalo, NY January 21, 2007 There’s more to Buffalo than chicken wings, impressive architecture, and the birthplace of alternating current. OK, so that last one was big. Buffalo, a well-kept- secret-of-a-town, is  ...

Hay Fever

... Hay Fever has been described as a comedy of bad manners. Unfortunately, Declan Donnellan has turned Coward's wickedly funny and deceptively vicious play into something more akin to a burlesque. In the process he has also dulled the  ...

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  ...