Conor McPherson

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The week in theatre: The Normal Heart; Shining City
Larry Kramer’s 1985 response to the Aids crisis resonates with new force. And Dublin ghost stories unfurl slowly in a fine Conor McPherson revival

Susannah Clapp

03, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Shining City review – Conor McPherson’s study of resentment, rage and repression
Two brooding men are slowly sunk by their own narcissism in this subtle play about a counselling session

Miriam Gillinson

24, Sep, 2021 @1:21 PM

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All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown
As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage

Mark Fisher

19, Mar, 2020 @4:32 PM

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Girl from the North Country review: Conor McPherson's grim, ravishing Bob Dylan musical
The acclaimed playwright has used the songbook of Bob Dylan to create an overstuffed yet often transcendent 30s-set Broadway show

Alexis Soloski

06, Mar, 2020 @2:30 AM

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Uncle Vanya review – Toby Jones triumphs in perfect Chekhov
Ian Rickson’s exquisite production is enlivened with expertly weighted humour and a modern beat

Arifa Akbar

23, Jan, 2020 @11:00 PM

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On my radar: Conor McPherson’s cultural highlights
The playwright on Bob Dylan bootlegs and Middle East musicals

Kathryn Bromwich

30, Nov, 2019 @3:00 PM

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The best political plays – picked by David Hare, James Graham and more
A gripping story of the Calais camp. A caper about media greed. A pair of startling dramas from Caryl Churchill. Leading playwrights choose their favourite political plays

15, Mar, 2018 @12:34 PM

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Dublin Carol review – an undertaker battles with the bottle
Self-pity and misogyny meet melodrama in Conor McPherson’s 2000 chamber piece about an alcoholic’s Christmas Eve search for redemption

Clare Brennan

11, Feb, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Dublin Carol review – Conor McPherson's devastating portrait of loneliness
McPherson’s prose glimmers and glows in his richly understated tale of an undertaker seeking salvation on Christmas Eve

Lyn Gardner

06, Feb, 2018 @4:34 PM

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The Weir review – Conor McPherson's black stuff still chills
Adele Thomas’s revival of McPherson’s early play reveals the horror of loneliness to be on a par with fear of the undead

Kate Wyver

29, Jan, 2018 @8:00 PM

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Girl from the North Country lets us hear Bob Dylan's mysteries anew
Conor McPherson’s West End musical puts a simple twist on familiar and obscure tracks, finding new shades of meaning

Richard Williams

17, Jan, 2018 @1:09 PM

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Michael Billington's top 10 theatre of 2017
Imelda Staunton simmered, Sondheim’s showgirls sizzled, Bryan Cranston gave us a cathode-ray Lear, and Jez Butterworth found love in the time of hunger-strikes

Michael Billington

15, Dec, 2017 @5:38 PM

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