del Rosso Review: Belfast Blues

 Belfast Blues, part of Irish Repertory Theatre’s 2020 Digital Fall Season of Performances on Screen, is a one-woman show written and performed by Geraldine Hughes, directed by Carol Kane, and was filmed at Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 2019.   To call Hughes’s childhood tumultuous is more than an understatement. Raised with her five brothers and …

del Rosso Review: The Weir

“The Weir,” written by Connor McPherson and directed by Ciarán O’Reilly was presented as a theater webcast by The Irish Repertory Theatre from July 21st to July 25th. It was also a stunning revival, having been performed by this company in 2013 and 2015.  The way that the Irish Rep …

del Rosso Review: Molly Sweeney

 Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director) presents a virtual performance of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney. The first in a new series, A Performance on Screen, Molly Sweeney is directed by Charlotte Moore (London Assurance). Reprising their roles from the acclaimed 2011 Irish Rep production …

del Rosso Review: Incantata

“Incantata,” a Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger Production, presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre, is a poet’s lament of loss, of heartbreak, of anger, of grief channeled into the making of art. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, directed with sensitivity and spirit by Sam Yates, and …

del Rosso Review: The Scourge

“The Scourge,” a one-woman show written and performed by Michelle Dooley Mahon, directed by Ben Barnes, originated at the Wexford Arts Centre in Ireland and now on at the Irish Repertory Theatre, is ostensibly about Dooley Mahon’s mother, Siobhan, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. But the “scourge” of the title …

del Rosso Review: Pumpgirl

The protagonist of “Pumpgirl,” the harrowing, brilliant and brutal play by Abbie Spallen, directed with riveting precision by Nicola Murphy and a timely revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre, has no name. She is just plain “Pumpgirl,” who works at her father’s petrol station. As portrayed by Labhaoise Magee (who …

del Rosso Review: Dublin Carol

“Dublin Carol,” by peerless Irish playwright Conor McPherson, was written three years after an extraordinarily productive period in his young life: in 1997, he wrote the one-man play, “St. Nicholas,” and his masterpiece, “The Weir.” With “Dublin Carol,” now onstage at the Irish Repertory Theatre, McPherson dispensed with the supernatural …

del Rosso Review: Heloise

The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, showcasing 18 world premiers at Theatre Row 42nd Street, is on until Sunday, August 25th. One of those premiers is “Heloise,” by Michael Shenefelt.  A historical figure of fascination and feminism, Heloise has transfixed illustrious writers for nearly a thousand years. From Mark Twain, Innocents …

del Rosso Review: Lordes

The Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival 2019 at the New Ohio Theatre boasts 7 new shows in 7 weeks. One of them is “Lordes,” co-written by Gethsemane Herron-Coward and Katherine Wilkinson, who also directs, and runs from July 31st-August 3rd. “Lordes,” a “celebration of the legacy” of Audre Lorde (Giselle …

del Rosso Review: Little Gem

Love, sex, birth, death, family: these are the knotty ties that bind in“Little Gem,” Elaine Murphy’s debut play which premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, transferring with much acclaim to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre,  polished to perfection and now presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre in Chelsea.   Three …

del Rosso Review: Juno and the Paycock

For the Irish Repertory Theatre’s 30th Anniversary, they are celebrating with The Sean O’Casey Season,  which includes The Dublin Trilogy.  In their magnificent revival of O’ Casey’s “Juno and the Paycock” the second play of the trilogy, things aren’t going well for the dysfunctional Boyle family. In a Dublin tenement …

del Rosso Film Review: Poor Behavior

The 2019 NY Indie Theatre Film Festival at the New Ohio Theatre in the Village opened with the premier of “Poor Behavior” (2016) written by Theresa Rebeck, based on her play of the same name. “Poor Behavior” also marks Rebeck’s film directorial debut. Billed as a “dark, dysfunctional comedy,”  Maureen …

del Rosso Review: The Shadow of a Gunman

Some playwrights employ the following format: Make’em laugh, laugh, laugh, then make’m cry. Other playwrights go for: Make’em laugh, laugh, laugh, then terrify. That’s what I thought when I staggered out of the Irish Rep’s brilliant production of Sean O’Casey’s “The Shadow of a Gunman,” directed by Ciaran O’Reilly and …

del Rosso Review: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Holidays got you down? Prefer humbug to good cheer? Commercials and annual, inescapable in-store music causing indigestion? There’s a cure for that. Get down to The Soho Playhouse, where Blanket Fort Entertainment’s “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” is tearing up the stage. Written and performed by Burt Grinstead and Anna …

del Rosso Review: Two by Friel

The Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of “Two by Friel,” a bill comprising two seemingly unrelated one-act plays by the great Irish playwright, Brian Friel, “Lovers: Winners,” and “The Yalta Game,” is a holiday gift come early.  Beautifully directed by Conor Bagley on the W.Scott McLucas Studio Stage, “Two by Friel” …

Folliet: Even Against the Odds

  Everything today is everywhere precarious & the future bodes ill as we struggle on against all the odds to make it better following Camus’s  l’homme revolté  Sisyphean primal cry: “Art & revolt will die only with the last man.” Duty bound we stand our revolting fate.     Mary …

del Rosso Review: The Naturalists

“The Naturalists,” a play by Jaki McCarrick and presented by The Pond Theatre Company is having its world premier at Walkerspace  in downtown Manhattan. It is directed by Colleen Clinton & Lily Dorment, both co-founders of the nascent Pond Theatre Company, to whom credit must be paid. With too few …

del Rosso Review: Tell Me How I Did

Tell Me How I Did  There was a time in Manhattan circa 1970 when actors performed “in the many places actors do plays in New York: churches, coffeehouses, bars, basement lofts, little theaters upstairs, little theaters downstairs, ELT (Equity Theatre Library), off-Broadway, on Broadway, everywhere,” said Michael Shurtleff,  the late, …

del Rosso Review: Quietly

The newly and beautifully-renovated Irish Repertory Theatre in association with The Public Theater in New York City have brought in a doozy of a production from The Abbey Theatre in Ireland: “Quietly” by Owen McCafferty. About “The Troubles” and their aftermath but set in present-day Belfast, “Quietly” offers a day …

del Rosso Review: Good

The always-challenging, provocative PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) is celebrating their 30th anniversary season by bringing back two plays in repertory: “No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming,” by British playwright Howard Barker, and “Good” by Glasgow-born playwright C.P. Taylor. “Good,” written in 1981, contains lines that would not sound out …

Body: Anatomies of Being

New Ohio Theatre and Blessed Unrest ensemble are currently presenting “Body: Anatomies of Being” downtown in New York City’s  West Village until May 21st. It is an extraordinary, affecting theatrical experience about bodies: nine of them, to be exact. They are all different sizes, shapes, ethnicities, genders and ages. When …

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It is not often I see a flawless production of a brilliant play, one which transports me in time and space. One where I stop taking notes and just give in because I have no choice. “Indian Ink” by Tom Stoppard, finally getting its New York premier courtesy of the …

ONE contributor Elliott Murphy to be awarded Medaille Vermil by the City of Paris

Congratulations to Elliot Murphy: Mayor Bertrand Delanoë is bestowing the Médaille de Vermeil of the city of Paris to an accomplished musician and writer. Mon 1 Oct 18:00 Salon Hotel de Ville Excellence is still key. -MLB http://www.paristribune.info/agenda/1er-octobre-Elliott-Murphy-decore-de-la-Medaille-de-Vermeil-de-la-Ville-de-Paris_ae202480.html