03 October 2006
The Film: The Devil Wears Prada

Directed by David Frankl, 'The Devil Wears Prada' is set in the fearsome but ridiculous offices of an influential New York fashion magazine, run by utter tyrant Miranda Priestley, played by Meryl Streep. Into this awful world comes Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathway. Before long Andy, working as Priestly's put-upon first assistant, is several sizes smaller, six inches taller and is wearing all the right clothes. 'The Devil Wears Prada' goes on general release nationwide from Friday.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'The Devil Wears Prada' here.

The Play: The Exonorated

Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, 'The Exonerated' tells the stories of six survivors of Death Row - people proven innocent before their sentences could be carried out. This theatrical re-telling of their stories has been a hit in New York, Edinburgh and London, with stellar guest appearances from the likes of Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss and Robin Williams. Members of the original New York and London line-up are at Liberty Hall as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, with special guests Aidan Quinn and Sunny Jacobs, one of the actual people on which the performance is based.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'The Exonerated' here

The Play: The Bonefire

Also at the Dublin Theatre Festival is 'The Bonefire' is a new production from Rough Magic. It was written by Rosemary Jenkinson, directed by Lynn Parker and is now running at the Project Arts Centre. Set in Belfast, in the lead up to the 12th of July, most of the action takes place in a room in the Annadale flats. The room is populated mostly by a drink and drug addled paramilitary and his cleaning obsessed sister. Things change however, when another Loyalist paramilitary arrives.

The Book: The Emperor's Children

Claire Messud is a writer with a spectacular reputation. Often described as a "writers' writer", her first three books received extraordinary praise - with reviews going as far as saying she was capable of "near miraculous perfection". Her fourth book, 'The Emperor's Children', is her first novel set entirely in the US with American characters. It tells the story of three ambitious 30-year-olds in New York pre 9/11, as Messud says, "before everything changed". And so we have a comedy of manners set at the dinner tables of the privileged, the confident and the complacent - but what's on the menu is one reality sandwich after another.

The Performance: The North Strand Klezmer Band

The North Strand Klezmer Band is a Dublin six-piece, specialising in the traditional music of the Hasidic and Askenazic Jewish Culture. They were a big hit at the recent Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire and they are playing at the Gaiety Theatre Saturdays in October. Here they perform 'Galicia Chasid'.

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