Theatrical matters

Highly recommend seeing Death of a Salesman at the Gate Theatre while it’s still on – closing night is 25th September. Particularly stunning performances from Garrett Lombard (Pure Mule, among other things) as Biff Loman and of course Harris Yulin as Willy Loman. (Yulin has done about a bajillion things on television, including playing Quentin Travers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a memorable guest performance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the episode ‘Duet’. IMDB-ing also reminds me he’s done Frasier, Bean, and – the best yet – The Babysitters Club movie. Hee.) The cast also includes Deirdre Donnelly, who I last saw in the Gate’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and veteran actor Stephen Brennan (it is best not to question his accent in this play, though).

Meanwhile, over at the Abbey, there’s a production of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (no, I hadn’t heard of it either) starting on October 13th. Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw play the leads, though, which is really all one needs to know.

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4 responses to “Theatrical matters

  • Laura Cassidy

    ooh, are you going to John Gabriel Borkman? I heart Alan Rickman, I’d say he will be fabulous.
    I find it so difficult to persuade people to go to the theatre. If they only went once they’d see it is totally worth the money! *sigh*

    • clairehennessy

      I am indeed going to see it – know nothing about the play (my response was “what, Ibsen wrote stuff that’s not Hedda Gabler or A Doll’s House? Are you sure?”) but Alan Rickman…

      I think sometimes people can have very negative associations with the theatre – being dragged along to educational productions of things, or dragged along to dreadful amateur productions that relatives are in. I am still haunted by a production of Macbeth that was put on for schools when I was doing my Leaving – just did not work!

  • Rachel

    I cannot handle the Fiona Shaw/Alan Rickman combo. The knowledge that you will see this production and I will not has been preying on my mind ever since you made this post. *pathetically jealous*

    • clairehennessy

      See, you could always return to Dublin’s fair city for a brief visit… it is clearly your true spiritual home. 😉

      I’m sure it’s probably overrated and not going to be that amazing at all really…

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