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Brian Friel

First Nighter: "Fathers and Sons," "Khandan [Family]," "Handbagged" in London

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

LONDON--Ivan Turgenev's 1862 novel Fathers and Sons, which Brian Friel adapted for the stage under the same title in 1987 is just revived at the Donma...

First Nighter: When Irish Eyes Aren't Smiling in Sean O'Casey and Maeve Brennan

David Finkle | Posted 12.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Charlotte Moore as artistic director and Ciarán O'Reilly as producing director at the Irish Repertory Theatre form one of the most reliable teams in New York City, and if they aren't regularly celebrated, they should be.

Seamus Heaney, President Obama, Syria

Trina Y. Vargo | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Trina Y. Vargo

Perhaps in these moments, when the president must feel he is going it alone, he might take down that poem and heed Seamus' admonition that, "We must not forget the call of conscience and we must endeavour to keep others awake to it."

Friel at Last: The Irish Repertory Theatre's The Freedom of the City

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.19.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The most subversive thing about this play is how it challenges any one conclusion about the three people who died that day as accidental martyrs. And you will laugh. That's right, there are a lot of very funny moments.

Ireland's Bloodiest Sunday Gets A Subplot

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.17.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

When the lights come up, the stage is littered with three bodies and photographers are busily snapping pictures of them.