Origin’s 1st Irish 2013

NEW YORK'S ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF IRISH THEATRE


SEPTEMBER 2 - 29

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Posted on August 5th, 2013 by 1st Irish Staff

Check back here in September to see the latest reviews for all 1st Irish shows, updated as they’re published throughout the month. See what the NY critics have to say, and don’t miss a single word…

1st Irish Festival 2013 Preview: Ushernonsense.com

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by lucyhk

“As a fan of Irish writers Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson and Colum McCann, I’ve always fancied myself a Celtophile. But thanks to Origin’s 1st Irish’s artistic director George C. Heslin, I now know that those writers are just the tip … Continue reading

Interview with George Heslin: Irish Radio Network, (Audio) Preview

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by lucyhk

George Heslin discusses this month’s Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival on The Adrian Flannelly Show on Irish Radio Network [August 30 episode]. Listen here

Interview with George Heslin: Radio America, (Audio) Preview

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by lucyhk

George Heslin discusses this month’s Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival on Radio America’s For Your Ears Only [August 31 episode]. Listen here: Interview with George Heslin: Radio America (Audio)

1st Irish Festival Preview Coverage: The New York Times, Week Ahead Sept 1

Posted on September 6th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Slainte! There’s enough Irish theater in New York this month to allow for full immersion for a week or so if you’d like. For starters, the sixth annual 1st Irish, created and organized by the Origin Theater Company, begins this … Continue reading

1st Irish Festival 2013 Preview: TheaterMania.com

Posted on September 7th, 2013 by lucyhk

“The sixth annual edition of Origin’s 1st Irish, the world’s only theater festival dedicated to Irish playwrights, runs from September 2 to 29. Curated and coordinated by the New York-based Origin Theatre Company, the month-long festival features productions in a … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle: TheaterPizzazz.com, Review

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by lucyhk

“For an evening of brilliant storytelling and a gorgeous ensemble that include standouts Siobhan Cullen, Katie Lyons, Manus Halligan, James Murphy) commitment, visit 59E59 before September 29…I was swept up into the characters in our title character’s life and found … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle: ManhattanWithaTwist.com, Review

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Theater’s new must-see!…The afterlife may not seem like usual theater subject matter, but “The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle” is anything but ordinary. This refreshingly unique play follows the immediate hours after Eric Argyle’s death, both in his new … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle: WomanAroundTown.com, Review

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by lucyhk

“A captivating fable…Playwright Ross Dungan’s wonderfully imagined history unspools in a manner that keeps us guessing. As we journey from time to time, one is never quite sure about the big picture, yet never feels lost. This is testament to … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle:TheaterMania.com, Review

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by lucyhk

“The play’s sizable cast, many of whom play at least two characters, are all great talents who are clearly invested in their show. They interpret the beautiful and clever text with a grace that comes from familiarity. McEntegart in particular … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle:NYTheatre.com, Review

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by lucyhk

“A fresh and extremely engaging piece of theatre… The words are lifted from the page with an irresistible blend of urgency and Irish charm, as cast members take turns delivering them, amplifying the many short dramatic scenes that also fill … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle:UsherNonsense.com, Review

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by lucyhk

“…when told by this superlative cast it becomes a three-dimensional fairy tale in the making.  Everyone, with the exception of David McEntegart who has the title role, and Siobhán Cullen who plays Gillian, takes on multiple roles as well as … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle:BlogCritics.org, Review (Jon Sobel)

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by lucyhk

“New York’s 1st Irish Festival is presenting a complex, challenging work that weaves drama and narrative into an intricate and emotionally affecting story about death, unrequited love, and a kind of afterlife….At the end of the play, some questions about this existential … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle:BlogCritics.org, Review (Carole Di Tosti)

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Dungan’s play under Dan Herd’s direction is lifted to the extraordinary, guided by the moment-to-moment energy of this superbly talented cast. The production is sneaky, compelling the audience to the next bend and turn in the life of Eric Argyle, … Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now: The New York Times, Review

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by lucyhk

“When Sonya Kelly was a little girl in Dublin, she needed glasses. She really, really needed them. As Ms. Kelly recalls in “I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair on My Face),” her funny and fetching solo show, “I usen’t to be able … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle: The New York Times, Review

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by lucyhk

“The work is a self-assured ensemble effort…The eight actors zip through multiple roles and scene changes, deftly rearranging the furniture in Colm McNally’s homey set and often providing their own musical accompaniment….Eric lived a quiet external life, but his inner … Continue reading

The Cure: Irish Examiner, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Upstairs at the Upper East Side’s Ryan’s Daughter, a definitive New York ‘neighbourhood bar’ if ever there was one, a production of Conal Creedon’s 2005 play The Cure was being performed by Cork-born actor Michael Mellamphy. A tricolour fluttered gently … Continue reading

The Compass Rose: UsherNonsense.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“somehow this playwright, the accomplished Ronan Noone,  this director, the inventive David Sullivan, and these actors are able to touch the need we all have to be known, to be really seen, to be intimate with someone.  In this case, … Continue reading

McGoldrick’s Thread: UsherNonsense.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Do you need a break from the world’s chaos?  Tired of technological connections, yearning for something warm and real? Had enough of dysfunctional families; kids neglected or overindulged? Have I got a show for your whole family and anyone else who … Continue reading

The Compass Rose: WomanAroundTown.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Thoroughly Entertaining, A Gem….The Compass Rose zips back and forth between then and now with remarkable fluency and focus…It’s a testament to the substantial skills of both playwright Ronan Noone and this excellent production…The two beautifully and economically drawn characters … Continue reading

McGoldrick’s Thread: The New York Times, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“A Bronx Tale by Way of Ireland, Step Dancing Included…This charming musical, featuring a troupe of talented teenage and preteenage dancers, wants nothing more than to show you a nice time, and it does…Throughout their problems, the family members sing … Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now: ShowBusinessWeekly.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“In an unexpectedly joyous recounting, Kelly calls to attention the obstacles, thrills, and hidden beauty of living in a blurred world with a child’s innocence…Kelly has mastered the skill of story-telling, and especially clowning. With the direction of Gina Moxley, … Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now: BlogCritics.org, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair on My Face) written and performed by Sonya Kelly and directed by Gina Moxley is a myopia memoir romp. The approximately hourlong production reaches peaks of “LOL” comedy – and of sad poignancy, if … Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now: NYTheatre.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Ireland’s Fishamble: The New Play Company brings its delightful solo performance piece I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair On My Face) across the pond for its New York City premiere…59e59’s small black box theatre is the perfect intimate space for the … Continue reading

The Compass Rose: NYTheaterNow.com, Review

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by lucyhk

“The show is an intimate, bare bones theatrical experience not to be missed in the 1st Irish theater festival’s lineup of Irish/American collaborations. The moments of symmetry when past and present meet for an instant are wonderfully directed and the space … Continue reading

1st Irish Festival 2013 Preview: NYC Arts (video)

Posted on September 21st, 2013 by lucyhk

Christina Ha takes a look at just some of the highlights on offer during the Festival, including The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle and I Can See Clearly Now, in the September 19th episode of this popular … Continue reading

The Cure: Irish Examiner, Preview

Posted on September 21st, 2013 by lucyhk

“The American premiere of Cork writer Conal Creedon’s play, The Cure, takes place at New York’s Green Room Theatre on Sept 9 and will run for at least a month. It’s part of Creedon’s trilogy of plays, The Second City Trilogy, … Continue reading

Profile: Marianne Driscoll [McGoldrick’s Thread], Newsday

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by lucyhk

“Marianne Driscoll, of Merrick [Long Island]: Her play “McGoldrick’s Thread,” featuring performers from Riverdance, is at Manhattan’s Theatre 80 St. Mark’s through Sept. 29. Driscoll, a breast cancer survivor, was inspired by her daughter’s experiences as a step dancer to write the play in 2008. “My daughter was … Continue reading

McGoldrick’s Thread: ThePlaybillCollector.com, Review

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by lucyhk

“If you enjoy Irish dancing and a story with heart, this show is for you.  “McGoldrick’s Thread” takes place in the Bronx in 1995.  Magee is preparing for a big dance competition and has grown out of her dress.  Her … Continue reading

The Compass Rose: TheaterMania.Com, Review

Posted on September 24th, 2013 by lucyhk

The Compass Rose : From theater-in-the-round to theater-in-the-bar — an enjoyable evening with the 1st Irish Theatre Festival “…this intimate production makes for an enjoyable evening of New York theater…If we have learned anything from Hollywood filmmaking, it’s that a boy plus … Continue reading

McGoldrick’s Thread: BlogCritics.org, Review

Posted on September 24th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Marianne Driscoll, who wrote the book and the lyrics along with Eliot Riskin, and Ronnie D’Addario who wrote the music, have spun their golden moments into this sweet, uncomplicated and uplifting story about the hope of a teenage girl’s dance … Continue reading

The Morons: Theatre Reviews Limited, Review

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Utilizing the extended metaphor of creating a reality television series called “The Morons,” Mr. McCormick tackles the weightier issues of economic recovery post the 2008 mortgage crisis, dysfunctional families, joblessness, addiction, infidelity, sexual identity, and (yes) texting…Under Christopher Scott’s inventive … Continue reading

McGoldrick’s Thread: Theatre Reviews Limited, Review

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by lucyhk

“One of the many facets of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival is the little jewel “McGoldrick’s Thread” which shines with family values that are steeped in Irish tradition. It carries a heartfelt message that is timeless and delivers it with the … Continue reading

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle: Theatre Reviews Limited, Review

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by lucyhk

“Ross Dungan’s electrifying “The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle” at 59E59 Theater B recounts the events of aforementioned proceedings in a kaleidoscopic montage of events from Eric’s life. These events collide, collude, conspire, overlap, intertwine, tease, and … Continue reading

The Morons: TheaterPizzazz.com, Review

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by lucyhk

“The Morons is a study of how far and how off the rails a miserable family will go for fame and recognition. Playwright Dan McCormick’s cynical and jaded view of the desperate American family seems too far-fetched at first blush. But … Continue reading

A Lady Is Waiting: Theatre Reviews Limited, Review

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by lucyhk

“Broadway veteran Fiana Toibin chomps down onto Anto Nolan’s script and does not release it until she has found every dramatic morsel it contains: her brilliant performance manages to cull even more than might be evident in the writing. She … Continue reading

The International: Theatre Reviews Limited, Review

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by lucyhk

“Carey Van Driest delivers a riveting performance as Irena. She understands every nuance of her character and develops that character with remarkable craft…There is such power in delivering Tim Ruddy’s brilliant script..Ted Schneider also delivers a strong performance as Dave. … Continue reading

Festival Awards 2013: TheaterMania.com

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by lucyhk

“McGoldrick’s Thread Takes Top Awards at the Sixth Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival. The lively, step-dancing musical sewed up honors for Best Production and Best Direction, as well as a Special Jury Prize…The musical McGoldrick’s Thread was awarded three honors at the 2013 Origin’s … Continue reading

Festival Awards 2013: Playbill.com

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by lucyhk

“McGoldrick’s Thread received three honors at Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival 2013 Awards: Best Production, Best Direction and the Festival’s Special Jury Prize. The awards, which include honors in acting, directing and design, were given at a ceremony hosted by Papillon Bistro … Continue reading

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