Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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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

Complex abortion story puts the audience in the jury box

Complex abortion story puts the audience in the jury box

Home is much too dramatically thin to be called a great stage work – but it still deserves praise

Honest account of a doomed IRA offensive

Honest account of a doomed IRA offensive

Memoir: My Life in the IRA: The Border Campaign, By Michael Ryan (edited by Padraig Yeates), Mercier Press, €19.95

Theatre: A human view of two characters on the edge

Theatre: A human view of two characters on the edge

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You is very much a young man’s play, full of interesting ideas which are handled rather unevenly

Theatre: Screwball romp through a bunch of bourgeois banalities

Theatre: Screwball romp through a bunch of bourgeois banalities

An enjoyable way to beat the afternoon slump

Theatre: Coming attractions for 2018

Theatre: Coming attractions for 2018

Male playwrights still dominate most of the advance schedules that have been released for 2018 (with the Abbey being an honourable exception)

Entertaining view of British power from the inside

Entertaining view of British power from the inside

Politics: Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem, By Tim Shipman, William Collins, €28.75

Theatre: A deliciously grim fairytale

Theatre: A deliciously grim fairytale

Like a child’s stocking on December 25, The Red Shoes is stuffed full of good things

Careful study of FDR never comes to life

Careful study of FDR never comes to life

A worthy, intelligent, but strangely uninvolving new biography

Life as a slave under the hellish rule of Isis

Life as a slave under the hellish rule of Isis

Nadia Murad has put a human face on one of the world’s most complicated and intractable conflicts