Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Six counties, 20 vital books

Six counties, 20 vital books

From Blair to de Bréadún, McKittrick to Moloney, Andrew Lynch presents a selection of the best books about the Northern conflict

Enchanting performances that sweeten light but lovely romance

Enchanting performances that sweeten light but lovely romance

Lyrics has its fair share of blemishes – but driven by two hugely appealing performances at this intimate venue, it exudes a winsome charm that compensates for any thin patches

Economics and history collide to teach us some new lessons

Economics and history collide to teach us some new lessons

Although Linda Yueh's prose can be a little dry in places, she does, thankfully, find space for human details such as Smith banging his head against a wall while dictating The Wealth of Nations

Powerful performances that mask the Bard missing a beat

Powerful performances that mask the Bard missing a beat

Unfortunately, no amount of clever stagecraft can completely gloss over The Rape of Lucrece’s obvious shortcomings

Sixties kitchen-sink revival finds its feet after a slow start

Sixties kitchen-sink revival finds its feet after a slow start

The Unmanageable Sisters is a vibrant but muddled portrayal of 15 working-class women who could be ruling the world – if only Ireland’s patriarchal society hadn’t reduced them to what they agree is 'a dreary, rotten life'

Sharon McCoy’s Delia delivers a charismatic dose of nostalgia

Sharon McCoy’s Delia delivers a charismatic dose of nostalgia

Goodnight Delia offers a similar dose of warm, gentle nostalgia

Bleak tale blows in from Russia

Bleak tale blows in from Russia

Desire remains an eerie and intelligent piece of theatre that fully succeeds on its own modest terms

Porcelain points to potential of new voice in Irish theatre

Porcelain points to potential of new voice in Irish theatre

Directed at a high emotional pitch by Cathal Cleary, Porcelain crams 26 scenes into 90 minutes without an interval, and is certainly never dull.

All about Oscar

All about Oscar

Few will have heard of the Dublin-born man who designed the Oscar statuette, but this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival and an NCAD exhibition aim to put Cedric Gibbons’s name into the film history books, writes Andrew Lynch

Kitchen sink original dead on arrival in artificial resuscitation

Kitchen sink original dead on arrival in artificial resuscitation

Does Look Back In Anger really need such an extreme makeover? Anabelle Comyn obviously thinks so, since her staging is full of directorial commentaries

O’Rowe doesn’t disappoint with deceptive drama of mind games

O’Rowe doesn’t disappoint with deceptive drama of mind games

The Approach ultimately feels like a jigsaw with several pieces missing, but it is still a brilliantly subtle and utterly engrossing tragedy, guaranteed to provoke plenty of post-show discussion

PREVIEW: Dyas returns with bracing new play

PREVIEW: Dyas returns with bracing new play

Grace Dyas sent shockwaves throughout the Irish theatre community last October by making allegati...

Trump’s potential path to total control

Trump’s potential path to total control

Politics: How Democracies Die: What History Tells Us About Our Future, By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, Viking, €17.95

Keane’s hardy annual still resonates to modern eyes

Keane’s hardy annual still resonates to modern eyes

John B Keane’s debut play is now almost 60 years old, but its grippingly lurid depiction of misogyny and greed in rural Kerry still has the power to shock a modern audience

An examination of timing, and how we can master it

An examination of timing, and how we can master it

An undeniably smart book, guaranteed to make you think about your current timetable