PRESS: SPRING 2012
Julie Feeney: 10 Nights in New York City
"Irish composer and singer (and ex-model) Julie Feeney has been compared to Björk and Camille, due to her multitracked vocals and string arrangements. She's cut two fine albums, 13 songs and pages, and is a big deal in her homeland—check out her captivating live show at one of these ten dates to find out why."
Masters of Tradition
"...lived up to the billing as Masters of Tradition...an ensemble not to be missed."
Embracing Irish Music, a New York Tradition
“One sign of an Irish resurgence in New York is a new Irish Arts Center…Embracing multiple disciplines, it bodes well for the future of Ireland’s place in New York’s cultural life.”
Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
“City kids got a terrific introduction to Irish culture at last Sunday's St. Patrick's Open Day at the IrishArts Center.”
WCBS 880's Sean Adams On The Story In Chinatown
I ♥ Alice ♥ I
"Sweeter than marmalade...humorous, affecting, and quietly empowering."
"A lovely Irish import arriving just in time for St Patrick's Day...Beautiful, wonderfully played, with touching warmth and humor...there's little doubt that you'll heart 'Alice,' too."
"Theirs is a story worth telling -- particularly when done with warmth and humor, as is the case here."
“glows like a gem, shot through with gleams of laughter, affection, and keen observation...exhibiting that elusive theatrical quality of charm”
PRESS: FALL 2011
Irish Christmas CD
5th annual the best yet
An Irish Christmas is "the most imaginative, appealing, and stimulating Irish Christmas show to be seen and heard in America--bar none" - Earle Hitchner, IRISH ECHO
Christmas Cheer at the Irish Arts Center New York
Live from Irish Arts Center: An Irish Christmas album review
“a classic Christmas album that belongs in everyone’s collection” – Paul Keating, Irish Voice
It's Starting To Feel A Lot Like Christmas...
"The blend of tunes, songs, and the sound of tapping feet from dancer Niall O'Leary convey the celebratory warmth of the events themselves." - Gwen Orel, Irish Examiner
Irish Arts Center goes live for Christmas
– Irish Emigrant
Irish Arts Center launches Christmas CD
– Cathy Hayes, Irish Central
IAC PoetryFest 2011
“‘[Thomas Kinsella] has published dozens of books of poetry and is also a hugely important translator from the Irish,’” said McKeon, whose husband Aengus Woods is curating the event with her...McKeon said the event has grown each year…the aim has been both to bring over writers who are well known and to introduce new names to American audiences.”
-Peter McDermott, The Irish Eco
Fox Business News's Gerri Willis, as promised, dances a jig because Bank of America has decided to end its plan to charge debit card fees. Joining her was Irish step dancer Mary Kate (from Darrah Carr Dance) and IAC instructor and fiddle player Caitlin.
An Evening with Bill Whelan and Orchestra Featuring Athena Tergis
“Whelan, best known for his score to Riverdance, performed alongside world-renowned fiddler Athena Tergis, an orchestra and special guests including singer Morgan Crowley and Irish dancer Mick Donegan. Among the guests on opening night were Broadway stars Andre De Shields and Angela Lansbury; celebrated actor and writer Malachy McCourt with son Cormac; and famed sex columnist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.”
-Dan Bacalzo, Theater Mania
Out of Time
"Siobhan Burke, an editor at Dance Magazine and a former “Riverdance” performer [said] 'He allows movement to ripple throughout his whole body while still doing traditional footwork. It’s very playful...almost typical of a Trisha Brown dancer; that availability or readiness to do anything.”
-Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
Reviews of BOGBOY
"In Deirdre Kinahan’s Bogboy a wry recovering addict makes even failure
sound sadly funny……the pungent pared down language contributing
to an atmosphere thick with dread and loneliness"
Saltz, The New York Times
“Award-winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan is a symphonist
of wondrous skill here, bringing sudden swells of emotion to the forefront of
an otherwise restrained composition to searing effect. BogBoy is compelling on
all levels; it is as human as it is political, funny as it is tragic, extraordinary
as it is about the ordinary.” – Di
"....superb performances... fluid direction... and stunning but subtle visual
and sound design"
is no clear redemption for the characters in Bogboy. Each, in his own way, has
erased himself from life. But they will be indelibly marked in your memory.”
– Gwen Orel, Irish Examiner
"Fox, whose expressive face communicates volumes, imbues
Brigit with harshness and steely reserve that can often give way to a surprising
vulnerability and almost childlike innocence. Blount's work as the distracted
and guilt-ridden Hughie is strikingly nuanced."
“Mangan’s [direction] is compelling and intriguing.
We get to witness fully the emotional nuance in their faces, as well as some
considerable craft in actorly responsiveness.”
Paddy Johnson, The Happiest Medium