Play reveals the hidden desire that exposes an unfulfilled wife

Aislín McGuckin has the wit and elegance to play the bored Natalya, whose life of stifling privilege is smashed by her desire for her son’s tutor, the 21-year-old Aleksei, in Turgenev’s play, A Month in the Country, says Padraic Killeen

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Five things to do this week

Our pick of the best things happening in the cultural world this week.

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Children’s books

A Tower Of Giraffes – Animal Bunches by Anna Wright (Words and Pictures, €15.10 HB). 

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Book review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

THERE is a place in northern Myanmar, close to the Chinese border, that can’t be found on any map, even if you have access to the latest hi-tech GPS systems. 

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Book review: Judges

OVER the past decade UK-based MacLehose Press has earned deserved plaudits for its dedication to translating the most compelling foreign-language literature for an English-language audience.

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Book review: Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

ON the morning I was to be married for the second time, I found myself going to my knees in the shower and praying: that my ex-husband would find love again ...” 

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Book review: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling And Other Forgotten Sports

FUCHSPRELLEN is the inspiration for Edward Brooke-Hitching’s first book. 

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Book review: How Music Got Free: What Happens When An Entire Generation Commits The Same Crime?

STEPHEN WITT is a self-confessed downloading addict, who claims he hasn’t paid for music since the turn of the millennium.

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Book review: Grey

WHEN Fifty Shades Of Grey came out, I chose not to review it. And then it exploded — and everyone read it, even my mum.

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Book review: Dealing with China: An insider unmasks the new economic superpower

Hank Paulson is the ultimate insider. He worked with Nixon, was US treasury secretary, but hit the jackpot working for Goldman Sachs in China. Gerard Howlin discusses a career built on, among other things, charm.

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Book review: Natural Capital: Valuing The Planet

Putting a value on things we take for granted may save humanity argues Dieter Helm. Noel Baker is impressed by his powerful, commonsense arguments.

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Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

What to watch on TV this week

Idris Elba writes and directs King For A Term on Sky Arts, Thursday, Idris Elba as Dad and Omar Agyei as Akuna.

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Movie Reviews: Terminator: Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Amy

You don’t need to have been a fan of Amy Winehouse’s music to be riveted by Amy (15A) , Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the Grammy Award-winning singer that is composed almost entirely of home-movie footage. 

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Bob Dylan performs on stage with The Grateful Dead at Giants Stadium, New Jersey in 1987. The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 and willplay their last gig in Chicago's Soldier Field.

Grateful Dead live for the last time

The hugely influential rockers will play their last gig on Sunday, 50 years after they formed and 20 years after frontman Jerry Garcia died, says Richard Fitzpatrick

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Tom Parsons and Megan Riordan in 'Once'.

Once comes home to Dublin

The film turned musical is back in Dublin where it all began, writes Padraic Killeen

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Scene & Heard - Entertainment news

We bring you a round up of all the latest news and reviews from the world of entertainment.

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Amy McAllister and Mark O'Halloran in The Shadow of aGunman.

Mark O’Halloran says Shadow of a Gunman character is an echo of the author

Mark O’Halloran explains to Padraic Killeen how the central character of Davoren in The Shadow of a Gunman echoes O’Casey’s view of his younger self

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Timmy Creed and Mary Lou McCarthy as Joe and Mag in the Everyman production of Loversby Brian Friel. atre.

Julie Kelleher to make directorial debut at Cork’s Everyman with ’Lovers’

THE artistic director of Cork’s Everyman, Julie Kelleher, is making her directorial debut at the venue with a production of Brian Friel’s Lovers.

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A question of taste - Kormac

As both a live DJ and leader of his own eight-piece big band, Kormac has rocked clubs and festivals from Melbourne to Dublin. 

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10 things you need to know about AC/DC ahead of tonight’s gig in Dublin

AC/DC play in Dublin today. Richard Fitzpatrick offers 10 things you need to know about the world’s greatest rock band.

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