THEATRE: DINNER WITH GROUCHO

In a strange restaurant two American giants who revere each other, Groucho Marx and TS Eliot, meet for dinner, in the eagerly-anticipated new play from Frank McGuinness, receiving its World Premiere at this year's Dublin Theatre Festival (Civic Theatre, Tallaght, until October 1st)

FILM: IT IS IN US ALL

A Londoner (Cosmo Jarvis) returns to his ancestral homeland of Donegal, and is drawn in by a teenager (Rhys Mannion) who almost kills him in a car crash, in writer/director Antonia Campbell Hughes' accomplished feature debut (Cinemas nationwide)

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STREAMING: BLONDE

Based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, writer/director Andrew Dominik's controversial film explores the complicated life of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, with a cast that includes Ana de Armas as Monroe, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio (Netflix, from September 28)

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BOOK: GOING BACK

Playwright, screenwriter and now novelist Eugene O'Brien returns to the characters from his seminal RTÉ 1 series Pure Mule in his literary debut, which picks up the story of Scobie Donoghue, once the 'king of Friday, Saturday and Sunday night', now forty, burnt out and depressed. Is there hope for Scobie? (Gill, in bookshops now)

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EVENT: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

George A. Romero's seminal zombie classic is resurrected on the big screen for a special outdoor event in Dublin's Merion Square, presented by Happenings and featuring a live musical accompaniment via a new electronic score by composers Stephen Shannon & Matthew Nolan (Friday, September 30th).

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