Reviews

November 15, 2019

**** 

Separately Together 

Scattered voices erode the distance between artist and audience, between stage and spectator, before silhouetted soprano, Mairéad Buicke, steps onto a near bare stage. Ably accompanied on piano by Richard McGrath, Buicke sings Ebben? n’andro Iontana from Catalani’s La Wally. Invitational, inclusive, genius, the opening to John Scott’s "Divine Madness" finds us in familiar Scott territory. An opening wh...

November 11, 2019

***** 

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes 

We’ll get to the details shortly. For now let’s get straight to the point. Irish National Opera’s production of Rossini’s "Cinderella/La Cenerentola" runs at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre November 12, 14, and 16. Buy your tickets now. For just as Cinderella is one of the great fairytales of all time,"Cinderella/La Cenerentola" might prove to be one Irish National Opera’s truly great producti...

November 8, 2019

** 

Introducing The Band 

A woman stands in an oyster of light, dressed in a flesh coloured, sequinned body suit, holding a large stone over her head with one arm. Around her, sheets of coloured fabric lie draped over chairs and other objects, and three very obvious bodies sitting next to some musical instruments. Looking like a leftover circus, the large stage is awash in pastel pink as a single ice machine breaths an apology o...

November 6, 2019

*****  

Starstruck 

Her Mam and Dad might love to love when it comes to space and time, but young Francis Footwork just loves to dance anytime of day or night. Along with her best friend Right Back Ye, and King Two Left Feet. In Francis’s world everyone loves to dance. Everyone, that is, except Colonel Headbanger. He hates dancing, and sets out to trick the king into making dancing illegal. As he puts his evil plan in motio...

November 6, 2019

*** 

Ever The Bridesmaid 

When it comes to great women in Greek tragedy, the name Ismene doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Daughter of Oedipus, sister to Antigone, Ismene often serves as walk on colour in plays by Sophocles and Aeschylus. Yet just as Jean Rhys did with Jane Eyre’s marginalised madwoman in Wide Saragossa Sea, Colm Tóibín’s "Pale Sister" sets about reimagining Ismene as a women with much more to offer. And ultim...

October 31, 2019

****  

A Straight Flush and A Witches Brew 

It’s an experience all too familiar. That inward groan when you suddenly realise the production you’re attending is over two and a half hours long. Which is why some might thread with fear and trepidation when approaching The Corps Ensemble’s double bill of "The Fetch Wilson" by Stewart Roche and "Kissing the Witch" by Emma Donoghue. Yet the other side of that durational equation speak...

October 30, 2019

*** 

A Neverlasting Love  

When it comes to the game of love, commitment shy Tom isn’t even sitting on the sidelines. He’s firmly ensconced way back in the erection section, cheering on morning glory and hassle free sex. And should hassles happen to come along, such as work colleague Amy clinging to him like a relationship, Tom’s yet to meet a girl he hasn’t persuaded to dump him. In D.C. Jackson’s cleverly observational rom-com...

October 26, 2019

*** 

Safety Dance 

A double bill of duets sees Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company presenting two well executed performances playing with two entirely different energies. If choreographer John Scott’s "Visible and Invisible" evokes warmth and inclusivity, choreographer Tara Brandel’s “Too” has a serious bone to pick. A yin yang production juxtaposing the softly spoken with some hard edged anger, both performances ask pertinent qu...

October 23, 2019

****  

Soloists and Stray Feathers 

When it comes to Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet "Swan Lake,” the Russians have a reputation for the most exacting standards. Companies like the Bolshoi, the Mariinsky/Kirov, and St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre are revered by aficionados and amateurs alike, and their arrival justifiably anticipated with eager delight. A delight delivered in exquisite style by St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s two...

October 18, 2019

***** 

Lost Prophets 

As with most things, Oscar Wilde said it best when he spoke of the love that dare not speak its name. Something Wilde knew only too well when, in the late 1800s, he was prosecuted for being homosexual and incarcerated in Reading Gaol, his life and reputation in tatters. Move forward almost a century and we find nothing has changed in the Dublin of 1982. A year when gay bashings leave three men dead, and Gar...

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