"great performances by two great actors...... standing ovation". Joe Duffy -RTE
"The Gaiety's hilarious production of The Matchmaker will leave you in stitches." dublinlive.ie
"The Matchmaker is a classic that continues to entertain." The Sunday Business Post
"As directed by Michael Scott, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny provide everything Keane could have desired" The Irish Times
"Keane uses the lyrical, colourful language of his part of the world the way a painter uses the palette." New York Times
"We were bowled over by the performance." Irish Country Magazine
"I saw it, laughed, cried, loved it and went again." The Guardian
"Thoroughly entertaining" Theatre Guide London
The Matchmaker based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.
Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.