He hasn't gone away you know. Well -- he did (see above). But he's back. Bono that is.
The U2 singer was in Finnegans in Dalkey last weekend, with a gang of friends. Your diarist is pretty sure where globe-trekking Bono will be on October 9: Los Angeles. Pretty much every mover and shaker of distinction will be in La La Land on that date for the premiere of Krapp's Last Tape at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The main reason for the exodus of the great and the good is not so much a love of Samuel Beckett but the fact the play will star John Hurt and will be directed by Gate theatre guru Michael Colgan. "Hurt's gifts are rare," Colgan, who directed Hurt in the Beckett classic in January in Washington and New York to rave reviews, told me. "He is at the top of his game in both theatre and film."
The production will run in LA for four weeks. Yes, but how long will the party on opening night run for? Very much in party mood, Virginia Macari and Norwegian boyfriend Kas held a party yesterday afternoon to mark the birth of their baby Viking, Thor. French champagne and Italian canapes were served around the swimming pool of their rooftop apartment in Dublin's Spencer Dock for the 50 guests -- among those expected were Alison Canavan, Theresa Rocca, Glenda Gilson.
Swimming pools? Champers? Clearly, Virginia doesn't do recession.