Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Theatre: Sheridan has the last laugh with timely revival

Theatre: Sheridan has the last laugh with timely revival

Director Liam Halligan has played The Rivals straight as a full-blown farce that brings each cartoonish character brilliantly to life

Theatre: Helping of left-wing comfort food will divide audiences

Theatre: Helping of left-wing comfort food will divide audiences

Jimmy’s Hall is very much a black-and-white story

Everyman appealing to every woman

Everyman appealing to every woman

While the Abbey carries on atoning for the male-dominated programme that provoked last year’s W...

A political veteran’s timely delve into identity politics

A political veteran’s timely delve into identity politics

Memoir: First Confession: A Sort of Memoir, By Chris Patten, Allen Lane, €25

Theatre: Misery memoir musical rises up from the Ashes

Theatre: Misery memoir musical rises up from the Ashes

Angela’s Ashes is a triumphantly old-fashioned crowd-pleaser

Reddy for her close-up

Reddy for her close-up

Terenure singer/songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has come a long way in a short time, but she’s adamant that her career won’t be rushed along

Stone serves up a series of softballs to Russia with love

Stone serves up a series of softballs to Russia with love

Politics: The Putin Interviews: Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, By Oliver Stone, Hot Books, €15.50

Theatre: It’s a good Gatsby, not a great Gatsby

Theatre: It’s a good Gatsby, not a great Gatsby

While the poetic and doom-laden dialogue is largely faithful to Fitzgerald, many of his story’s subtleties get drowned out

Theatre: Eclectic fare the order of the day at Galway Arts Festival

Theatre: Eclectic fare the order of the day at Galway Arts Festival

Andrew Lynch picks out some of the highlights from the itinerary

Theatre: It has its moments, but Room lacks real dimension

Theatre: It has its moments, but Room lacks real dimension

The songs by director Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph sound disappointingly generic

A tender tribute to Jo Cox from the man who loved her most

A tender tribute to Jo Cox from the man who loved her most

Biography: Jo Cox: More in Common, By Brendan Cox, Two Roads, €16.10

Theatre: Handbags at ten paces as Wilde mined for inspiration

Theatre: Handbags at ten paces as Wilde mined for inspiration

Norton and White do a fine job of contrasting the characters’ primly formal language and alarmingly amoral behaviour

Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

The film Churchill has drawn the ire of historians for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events, but is it the prerogative of the artist to embellish facts in pursuit of better drama?

Theatre: Odyssey through Ulysses’ Cyclops is an eye-opener

Theatre: Odyssey through Ulysses’ Cyclops is an eye-opener

The key problem for any theatrical version of Ulysses is that so much of the story is told through internal monologues

Maeve Binchy bildungsroman set to be commercial barnstormer

Maeve Binchy bildungsroman set to be commercial barnstormer

Binchy sceptics are unlikely to be converted by this unashamedly sentimental drama, but it should be a huge commercial hit