Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

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Theatre: Fringe benefits cover all bases

Theatre: Fringe benefits cover all bases

A selection from the Dublin Fringe Festival, which raises its curtains next Friday and continues until September 24

Tennessee’s tragic sketches are a balm for sensitive souls

Tennessee’s tragic sketches are a balm for sensitive souls

This Property Is Condemned (written in 1946) is set beside a Mississippi railway track, where the awkwardly adolescent Tom has come to fly his kite

Too much information as Davies reels in the years

Too much information as Davies reels in the years

Memoir: A Life in the Day: Memories of Swinging London, Writing, The Beatles and My Beloved Wife, By Hunter Davies, Simon & Schuster, €19.55

Scotland’s best playwright delivers the goods again

Scotland’s best playwright delivers the goods again

Outlying Islands by David Greig is a play that makes unusually large demands of its cast

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