Tag: Abbey Theatre

Review: Donegal

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Conall Morrison Composer: Kevin Doherty Musical Director: Conor Linehan   The Day family’s charmed existence in Donegal is coming to an end. One time Irish country music legend Irene Day (Siobhan McCarthy) no longer pulls in the crowds and under the mismanagement of her husband Conor (Frank…

Review: Fried Eggs

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Eloise (Karen Connell) is the classic good girl, bordering on prim and proper. Her twin sister Lulu is brash and adventurous, the original good time had by all. Lulu’s exploits constantly return to harass the timid Eloise, who is usually left to pick up the pieces after Lulu’s had her fun.…

Review: Risk Everything

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. George F. Walker’s Risk Everything, originally written as part of his Suburban Motel series of plays, had is European premiere at The New Theatre last night, presented by Whirligig Theatre.  Walker, one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed playwrights, wrote the Suburban Motel series of plays all based in the same…

Review: Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler is a true fin de siècle tale; not just because of its setting but everything that it embodies. Hedda (Catherine Walker) seems full of pessimism and contempt; an unrest within her has led to a crisis point and only change can bring her beyond it. Upon returning from her six month honeymoon with husband Jorge (Peter Gaynor), Hedda quickly realises…

Review: Lippy

Lippy begins with a comedic post-show discussion for a fictional piece of theatre in which Bush Moukarzel fills the role of interviewer to David Heap’s actor/interviewee. It transpires that Heap is also a lip-reader and that his services have been used by the gardai, notably in the case of four women in Kildare, who died by self-engendered starvation. The women,…