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The Gigli Concert

by Tom Murphy
Directed by Nancy Palk
A Soulpepper Production at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Opened April 2, 2014

The Gigli Concert is about spiritual release after “the audacity of despair.” Tom Murphy’s play has three characters, two male, one female, all of whom spiritually wounded in some way. 1,044 more words


Review: Brian Friel Season

By David McShane

Sheffield Theaters (awarded Best Regional Theatre in 2013) are currently in the throes of a Brian Friel season. Friel, still alive and well in Donegal, Ireland, writes plays which overflow with appeal on every level; history, mirth and theatrical experimentation are but a few items which are frequently whipped around in his poetic concoctions. 434 more words


Translations: more than words

Brian Friel’s Translations is a play that works on money levels to portray Ireland under British rule – until a final confusing 20 minutes.

On the interweb, as a companion to the legendary/controversial… 956 more words


Wonderful Tennessee

First of all apologies for my absence, this whole ‘University’ thing doesn’t half take your time up!

Here’s a review for a very interesting play I saw a few weeks ago. 608 more words

Day 188: Too Much Meat is as Dangerous as Smoking

I didn’t give up smoking in order to live longer.  I gave up smoking to live better. For years I’d felt imprisoned by cigarettes and too weak to break out. 1,129 more words

Translation: Words into History

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite (Irish) plays:

“[I]t is not the literal past, the ‘facts’ of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.” 16 more words

Review – Translations, Brian Friel Season, Sheffield Crucible, 1st March 2014

Mrs Chrisparkle and I had invited our friends Lord Liverpool and the Countess of Cockfosters for a day’s immersion in the works of Brian Friel, courtesy of the Sheffield Theatres. 1,254 more words

Chris Sparkle