Theater: Anna Karenina – Dublin

Opened: December 13, 2016

Book by: Leo Tolstoy & Marina Carr

Dublin Cast: Hannah Beatty, Barbara Brennan, Anthony Brophy, Killian Burke, Brooke Butler, Alexandra Conlon, Declan Conlin, Derbhle Crotty, Nick Dunning, Lisa Dwan, Rory Fleck Byrne, Julie Maguire, Paul Mallon, Margaret McAuliffe, James McCann, Ruth McGill, Barry McKiernan, Cormac Melia, Amelie Metcalfe, Ronan Millar, Jack O’Loughlin & Cathy White

There’s something so interesting watching a person’s descent into madness, and that’s the case for this show.

Anna Karenina (Lisa Dwan) has a boring, empty life as the wife of Karenin (Declan Conlin) but soon finds herself swept up in a romance with Count Vronsky (Rory Fleck Byrne), all set across the extravagant upper class of 19th century Russia.

While an incredibly long show – running about three and a half hours – the drama is absolutely riveting. The scenery and costumes are minimal, letting you focus on the performances.

Dwan is perfect as the titular character. Watching her reach Anna’s climax in a monologue that is worthy of all awards, you feel pain and confusion she is going through. It’s a train wreck – no pun intended – you can’t tear your eyes off of.

Final say: Tolstoy’s classic is captivating on stage. ★★★★☆

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