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In 2016’s 1st Irish Festival, Nancy Manocherian’s The Cell raised the splintering roof with Honor Molloy’s Crackskull Row, a one-act play soaked to the bone with rough and tumble memories that will not rest. Crackskull’s Moorigan family may be fractured and careless, but they are tight nonetheless as well as bare-knuckle protective. Here, playwright Honor Molloy discusses the play, its Dublin orig …Read more

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Folk chanteuse Judy Collins owes the biggest hit of her career to Stephen Sondheim, her rendition of his “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music sent her into the stratosphere, and took her from being a celebrated singer, to becoming one of the most popular stars of the 1970s. Conversely it brought the legendary musical theatre composer the only chart-topper in his illustrious career and th …Read more

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HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in New York City presents the debut tour of Chilean company Silencio Blanco, who are bringing their show Chiflón, el silencio del carbón to American audiences. The company is known for their exquisitely simple puppetry work, and for the way in which they touch upon social issues through their work. Their gorgeous paper puppets are used to tell stories of surviva …Read more

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Director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle is an exquisite film that explores fate through the tale of a nameless man who wakes up on a deserted island accompanied only by the title reptile. Using breathtaking animation, we follow the man as he becomes familiar with his surroundings and realizes there is much more than meets the eye. The film seems inspired by timeless myths, and has a peace t …Read more

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Whenever you hear people talking about classic Hollywood stars, the name Jennifer Jones isn’t mentioned as often as Bette, Clark, Katharine and Bogie. Despite winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough role in The Song of Bernadette, and being nominated four other times, Jones’ legacy seems to have been undermined by her personal life, especially her relationship with husband/protector Da …Read more

Evanna Lynch in MY NAME IS EMILY. Photo Courtesy of Monument Releasing copy

Evanna Lynch was meant to be in front of the camera, watching her in My Name is Emily one can’t help but be disarmed by her charm, sense of humor, and the effortlessness with which she makes us root for her. In the film she plays the title character, a teenage girl living in foster care, who recruits her new classmate (George Webster) to accompany her on a journey to find her father (Michael Smile …Read more

 
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The biggest slog in any Theater History course has got to be Everyman, a fifteenth-century morality play of obscure authorship whose importance rests entirely on its surviving in parchment form up to the modern age while its contemporaries faded to dust. But I’ll spare you the history lesson, for at …Read more

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THEATER

Thank goodness for nonprofit theatre company Girl Be Heard for prominently featuring difficult but important topics in their shows. Their brand of devised theatre is an antidote to society’s complete ignorance of the kinds of issues that negatively affect young girls and women. Inherently educationa …Read more

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“One hour in the company of a 12-year-old these days makes you realize just how little you know about the world you live in.” While any parent of a pre-teen would surely be quick to agree with this statement, no one knows the sentiment better than the central characters of The Mother of Invention, t …Read more

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THEATER

Those that cannot get tickets to the critical and commercial hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 can now travel to an appropriately run-down church to watch a grittier and dirtier display of composer Dave Malloy’s talents. The music in Beardo is an unabashed and eclectic mix of styles an …Read more