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Stones in His Pockets at Lyric Stage

Lyric Stage Company's Stones in His Pockets is billed as "the madcap story of a rural Irish village turned upside down" by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew.
By LAUREN DITULLIO  |  February 22, 2013

Dropkick Murphys: Talking punk, place, and parochialism with the last gang in town.

The day after the world didn't end — and a couple of weeks before the January 8 release of their new album Signed and Sealed in Blood — I met up with Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch at Mul's Diner in Southie.

What's F'n Next: Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)

On a sunny autumn afternoon on a side street in Brooklyn, I sit outside on a rickety black staircase with Squarehead, chatting about their week.
By LIZ PELLY  |  November 01, 2012

Review: Malt

Pretty fancy for a pub
Wisely, a new addition to the Newport dining scene is starting off modestly; it's little more than a pub, but enough more that it shows good promise and even some adventurousness. Malt opened this summer with little fanfare but soon earned a growing fan base.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2012

Photos: Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues

March 15, 2012
The Dropkick Murphys perform live at the House of Blues on March 15, 2012.
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 20, 2012
Short Take - Albert Nobbs

Review: Albert Nobbs

Gender identity crisis
Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, or what she feels.
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 26, 2012

Come You Back at Roger Williams University

Bloody lessons
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. And those who can do both do so with enthusiasm, as professor of theater Peter Wright is proving with the well-acted Come You Back , which he wrote and directed. It's at Roger Williams University Theatre through December 3.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2011

Squarehead | Yeah Nothing

Richter Collective (2011)
Amidst Dublin's vibrant musical underground of DIY labels like Popical Island and Richter Collective, this debut long-player by surf-pop trio Squarehead is one of the city's most anticipated 2011 indie releases.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 13, 2011

Irish session at Brian Boru, May 1

Music seen
Every Sunday at Brian Boru from 3 to 6 pm, there is a traditional Irish music jam session.
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  May 04, 2011

Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

When the pipes aren't calling
America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 06, 2011

Photos: Pogues at House of Blues

Pogues | House of Blues | March 12, 2011
The Pogues perform live at the House of Blues on March 12, 2011.
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  March 15, 2011

Photos: Dropkick Murphys at Whiskey Republic

Dropkick Murphys | Whiskey Republic | March 14, 2011
The Dropkick Murphys perform live at the exclusive grand opening party for Whiskey Republic on March 14, 2011.
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  March 16, 2011

Review: The Druid’s fine trip to Inishmaan

Cripple kicking
Although Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan is the least likely of his plays to provoke a riot, as John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World did at its 1907 Dublin premiere, it is the most Synge-like of the Anglo-Irish dramatist’s works.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 2011

Review: The Murder Trial of John Gordon at the Park Theatre

Trial from another era
Who knew? Everybody knows about that frisky, independent start by Roger Williams, and the first bloodshed of the American Revolution with the burning of the Gaspee , but who knows about the dispute between the lowly immigrant Gordon family and the prestigious Spragues, which resulted in the last state execution in Rhode Island, back in 1845?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2011

Review: Lieutenant of Inishmore is the cat’s me-oww!

Gore and guffaws
Hysterical laughter — of both the pathological and the funny sort — has its place as stopgap comfort when things seemingly can't get worse. Written in 2001 and set in 1993, Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore treats the terrorist Troubles in Ireland with gravely black humor.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 11, 2011

Stocking stuffers

A grab-bag of local music for every taste
So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 16, 2010

No beef with us

Ireland's tireless So Cow embrace Boston
"The United States is probably my favorite country," says Brian Kelly, the singer for Irish indie-pop band So Cow. It's nice to know somebody in the world still loves us.
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  October 04, 2010

Holy war

How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
And so it came to pass, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and evangelical Protestants have banded together to battle, well, the rest of us — the heathens, the godless liberals, the Hitchens-reading progressives.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 28, 2010

Coming soon, unfortunately

Music you don't want
Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2010

Book bag for the dog days

Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes galore to keep you occupied through Labor Day.
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 16, 2010

As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 16, 2010

Explaining Ulysses — if possible

James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness epic Ulysses is widely regarded as a benchmark of modern literature, but as anyone who has ever picked it up (or been forced to read it) can tell you, a sincere "What the hell?" is perhaps the most common reaction.
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  June 09, 2010

An Irish classic

The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
Matriarch Juno is the only one of the Boyles who brings in any coin: Her husband Jack is a drunken boor who, to avoid working, feigns aches in his legs.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2010

Cycle killers

With its own porn, polo, and personalities, bike culture in Boston isn’t just about getting to work any more
Clearly, this isn’t the sport of gentlemen unfolding at, say, the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, but rather urban bike polo at a street-hockey pit in Allston. Many are dressed in black and look like refugees from a club Goth night. Participants sometimes wear Mexican-wrestler masks, while others have no shirts on at all. 
By TOM MEEK  |  April 30, 2010

Review: Tír Na Theatre Company's Trad

Trad delivers a kiss and a kick to Irish drama
The fiddler’s on the ground floor in Trad , but Tevye would nonetheless identify with the play’s history-bound patriarch — though compared with this venerable coot, Sholem Aleichem’s beleaguered dairyman is a spring chicken.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 13, 2010

Review: Perrier’s Bounty

Mayhem with an aura of Celtic winsomeness
Irish gangsters, at least in the movies, like to talk.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2010

The Church and abuse

Plus, the Republicans' dark soul and the Bay State's education failure
If the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church is to regain secular respect, and if it is to reassure its troubled communicants that it is worthy of their devotion, it must reconcile itself to the reality that child abuse is not just a horrendous sin requiring penance and spiritual absolution, but also a vile crime that demands civil prosecution.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 31, 2010

Potatoes and a pennywhistle on Somerset Street

In the Garden
Drive south on Broad Street past the markets and churches, take a left on Somerset and there, in a clearing of raised garden beds behind a chain-link fence, you will find Phil Edmonds with his peas.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 02, 2010

Sunderland smoothies

Field Music are ready to soft-rock
"We're two brothers trying to entertain ourselves and have a laugh in the studio," says Peter Bowens. "We have to pretend to be rock musicians."
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 17, 2010

Review: The Secret Of Kells

Celtic crossover
It's early-ninth-century Ireland, and young, flame-haired Brendan is agog over the arrival of Iona refugee Aidan and his white cat, Pangur Bán, at the Abbey of Kells.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2010

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