Silent – World Irish

Award-winning Cork-born actor/playwright Pat Kinevane has received a hugely favourable review from the New York Tmes’ chief theatre critic Ben Brantley for his play Silent which opened at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan on Sunday night. The powerful one-man play about a homeless man, Tino McGoldrig, whose brother was driven to suicide years earlier after taunts about his sexuality in 1980s Cobh arrived in New York for the month-long 1st Irish Theatre Festival after successful runs at The Abbey and the Cork Midsummer Festival. Directed by Jim Culleton and produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company – with whom Kinevane also collaborated for his previous play Forgotten (also received well by the New York Times in 2010) – Silent’s Tino is named after his grandmother’s favourite actor, silent movie icon and tragic hero Rudolph Valentino, and, according to Brantley, Kinevane ‘interprets Valentino’s highly theatrical screen presence to stunning effect’. read more

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