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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
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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.

By MICHAEL PATRICK MACDONALD  |  January 04, 2013
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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 02, 2012

Review: Malt

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
Pretty fancy for a pub
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 19, 2012
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Photos: Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day show at House of Blues

The Dropkick Murphys perform live on St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2012) at the House of Blues.
March 17, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012
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Review: Albert Nobbs

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, o
Gender identity crisis
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 27, 2012


Come You Back at Roger Williams University

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 throu
Bloody lessons
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011
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Squarehead | Yeah Nothing

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.
Richter Collective (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 16, 2011

Irish session at Brian Boru, May 1

Every Sunday at Brian Boru from 3 to 6 pm, there is a traditional Irish music jam session.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011
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Photos: Pogues at House of Blues

The Pogues perform live at the House of Blues on March 12, 2011.
Pogues | House of Blues | March 12, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  March 18, 2011


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Photos: Dropkick Murphys at Whiskey Republic

The Dropkick Murphys perform live at the exclusive grand opening party for Whiskey Republic on March 14, 2011.
Dropkick Murphys | Whiskey Republic | March 14, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: The Druid’s fine trip to Inishmaan

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 dramatis
Cripple kicking
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 04, 2011

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

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 pres
Trial from another era
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011

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

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
Gore and guffaws
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 14, 2011
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Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010


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No beef with us

"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.
Ireland's tireless So Cow embrace Boston
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  October 08, 2010
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Holy war

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.
How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 25, 2010
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Coming soon, unfortunately

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 .
Music you don't want
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 18, 2010
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Book bag for the dog days

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 gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010
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As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 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
Bloomsday
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  June 11, 2010
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An Irish classic

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.
The strong ensemble of Juno and the Paycock
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 14, 2010
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Cycle killers

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
With its own porn, polo, and personalities, bike culture in Boston isn’t just about getting to work any more
By TOM MEEK  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: Tír Na Theatre Company's Trad

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.
Trad delivers a kiss and a kick to Irish drama
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 16, 2010
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Review: Perrier’s Bounty

Irish gangsters, at least in the movies, like to talk.
Mayhem with an aura of Celtic winsomeness
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010


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The Church and abuse

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 requ
Plus, the Republicans' dark soul and the Bay State's education failure
By EDITORIAL  |  April 02, 2010

Potatoes and a pennywhistle on Somerset Street

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.
In the Garden
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 02, 2010
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Sunderland smoothies

"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."
Field Music are ready to soft-rock
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 19, 2010
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Review: The Secret Of Kells

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.
Celtic crossover
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010