Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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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

True greatness: The best non-fiction

True greatness: The best non-fiction

From political memoirs to landmark histories, the non-fiction offerings of the year

Theatre: What better way to let your hair down?

Theatre: What better way to let your hair down?

Perhaps the greatest compliment you could pay this joyous production is that it will make virtually any child ignore their mobile devices for two and a half hours of old-school, knockabout theatre

Vampiric thriller can’t match standards of Swedish original

Vampiric thriller can’t match standards of Swedish original

This particular winter bug is just about worth catching

Poets and Patriots: how literature shaped Ireland

Poets and Patriots: how literature shaped Ireland

Declan Kiberd’s sprawling, brilliant and highly provocative survey of post-war Irish literature

Douglas captivates in poignant tale of Catholic repression

Douglas captivates in poignant tale of Catholic repression

Leigh Douglas’s poignant monologue cannot help but evoke comparisons to A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, the dazzling novel and play that turned Eimear McBride into a literary sensation

John Dillinger: His lunch hour upon the stage

John Dillinger: His lunch hour upon the stage

Chris McHallem’s cynically entertaining monologue about an actor who is not entirely sure he made the right career choice