The year is 1980. A former movie actor, Ronald Reagan, whose great-grandfather was an emigrant from the village of Ballyporeen in County Tipperary, is the newly-elected, 40th president of the United States. That same year another emigrant, Ciarán O’Reilly from County Cavan, was performing in an off-Broadway play called Summer by the Irish writer HughRead more..
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In Nora Connolly’s 1935 memoir of her father, James Connolly, she mentions a play of his entitled The Agitator’s Wife, which scholars have never been able to find. A short story of the same name was recently discovered in an obscure journal in Warwick University’s library, leading University of Glasgow academics to believe it couldRead more..
The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival in New Ross, called “One Festival, Two Countries,” was a big success. The first half of the festival, the 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville, was held throughout September 2018, and the second half, the First Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre, was held in New Ross October 11-14, 2018,Read more..
The Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of Finian’s Rainbow brightens New York’s theatrical scene. ℘℘℘ A musical comedy that involves an Irishman and his daughter arriving in the mythical Southern state of Missitucky, followed in hot pursuit by a leprechaun whose crock of gold the father has “borrowed,” not to mention black sharecroppers and a racistRead more..
The Irish did well at the Tony Awards, sweeping the best actor categories and landing a few prizes for their work in Hairspray, which was the runaway winner of the night. Brian Dennehy pictured left won best leading actor in a drama for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The Eugene O’Neill classic also won forRead more..
The Riverdance phenomenon continues as the world-famous Irish dance show celebrated its 5,000th performance in San-Francisco last month and Mayor Willie Brown Jr. proclaimed March 6 “Riverdance Day.” Brown attended the performance and presented a proclamation to stars Tara Barry and Michael Patrick Gallagher. ♦
Nicolas Kent, the man behind the Tricycle, the uniquely innovative theater in Kilburn and launching-pad for many of Ireland’s most successful plays, is interviewed by Marilyn Cole Lownes. ℘℘℘ It’s 10 a.m. on London’s busy Kilburn High Road and the Tricycle Theatre, emblazoned with flashing lights, is already open for business and ready for action.Read more..
New Yorkers are in for a treat this summer with the Public Theatre’s production of Anton Chekov’s classic, The Seagull in New York’s Central Park. The Russian play about artistic frustration is being directed by Mike Nichols and will star such big names as Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, and IA’s own cover boy, Kevin Kline.Read more..
Even The Fonz turned out to celebrate the Broadway opening of the hit Irish play Stones in His Pockets. And it’s no wonder, this show is a hit wherever it goes. After enjoying a run as the toast of the town in London, this black comedy by Marie Jones has won glowing reviews in NewRead more..
Two years ago they were hardly known, now Séan Campion and Conleth Hill are the toast of Broadway. ℘℘℘ In a departure from the world of big-budget films and special effects, Conleth Hill, 37, and Séan Campion, 41, create a world of characters and situations on a nearly bare stage with no props, as theyRead more..