Sto­ries of the ac­tors’ par­ents. For all its ten­der­ness and hu­mour, some will find a home crum­bling un­der the pres­sure of un­em­ploy­ment and re­ces­sion tough to bear. But, restaged as win­ner of The Lir’s Re­vival Award, it’s a show we need to talk about.

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - PETER CRAW­LEY

Gen­er­a­tion Em­i­gra­tion, plead­ing with their peers to stay and re­build a dam­aged na­tion.

For Death of a Trades­man, how­ever, di­rec­tor Oon­agh Murphy has reached for a stur­dier struc­ture to bear its poignancy with­out los­ing the com­pany’s au­then­tic heart, in­vok­ing Arthur Miller’s lament for door-to-door sales­men (Dunne and Lau­ren Larkin play characters named Wil­lie and Linda) while ab­sorb­ing the nowhere, shar­ing drink, a game of cards & dark se­crets. T36@ The Teach­ers Club Ends Feb 9 8pm 115/112 (Sat mat 110) out­of­timethe­ Let Me Be See Cork. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Feb 12 8pm 115/112 fre­golithe­ The Love-Hun­gry Farmer Des Keogh con­tin­ues the re­vival of his 2003 solo per­for­mance, based on John B Keane’s story, as the some­thing-year-old vir­gin and his last at­tempts to find a suit­able wife. Gai­ety The­atre Ends Feb 9 7.30pm 119.65- 130.20 gai­etythe­ Lu­cia Joyce – la macchina della famiglia and Irisirisirischmurmelqui­etsch Two plays from a five-part cy­cle of works in­spired by James Joyce’s writ­ing visit Dublin, di­rected by Niksa Eterovic of teNTheater Berlin. The first pro­duc­tion fo­cuses on Joyce’s gifted and trou­bled daugh­ter. The sec­ond con­cen­trates on the writ­ing of Fin­negan’s Wake and Joyce’s es­trange­ment from the world. Sa­muel Beck­ett The­atre, TCD Ends Feb 9 7.30pm 121/116 01-8961334 Macbeth Fair City’s Hilda Fay plays Lady Macbeth in a new pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s bru­tal po­lit­i­cal power play. Mill The­atre, Dundrum Ends Feb 9 7.30pm (school perf Fri 10am) 114-118 millthe­ Mer­cury Fur Kil­dare’s Silken Thomas stages Philip Ri­d­ley’s most con­tro­ver­sial play, set in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic Lon­don. A gang trade in nar­cotic but­ter­flies and ser­vic­ing the ugli­est fan­tasies of the wealthy. Smock Al­ley Ends Feb 9 8pm 115/112 smock­ Also Laois Morn­ing and Af­ter­noon Open House The­atre stages two new in­ter­lock­ing plays by Andy Fred and Alice Bew­ley’s Café The­atre, Dublin Hinds, set in Derry and among the Ir­ish di­as­pora in Europe. Project Arts Cen­tre Previews Feb 11-12 Opens Feb 13-23 8.15pm 114/112 pro­jec­tarts­cen­ Scor­pion See Done­gal. Civic The­atre Feb 8-9 8pm 120/116 civicthe­ Short Play Sea­son The Abbey cel­e­brates its com­mit­ment to new writ­ing by stag­ing a run of dou­ble bill short sketches from proven writ­ers Nancy Har­ris & Elaine Murphy, rounded out with re­hearsed read­ings of three more playlets. Pea­cock Previews Feb 13 110 Opens Feb 14-27 6pm 114/112 abbeythe­ Sin­gle­hood Doc­u­men­tar­ian the­atre maker Una McKe­vitt turned her sights on the con­di­tion of be­ing ro­man­ti­cally un­at­tached for last year’s Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val. The re­sults, played mainly for laughs by a gallery of per­form­ers shar­ing their in­sights and those of oth­ers, re­turns. Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown Feb 14 8pm 116/112 Romeo and Juliet Shake­speare’s tragedy of two star­cross’d lovers with just six per­form­ers dou­bling up as the house­holds of Ca­pulet and Mon­tague for an in­no­va­tive take on Sec­ond Age’s new cur­ricu­lum­friendly pro­duc­tion. He­lix, DCU Ends Feb 8 1pm 125/122 the­he­ A Skull in Con­nemara Deca­dent The­atre be­gins a new tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Martin McDonagh’s play, cen­tring on a gravedig­ger/ rear­ranger as he ex­humes the re­mains of his dead wife, whom he may have laid to rest – forcibly. Civic The­atre, Tal­laght Feb 12-16 8pm 120/116 (Feb 12 110) civicthe­ Also Gal­way Starlight Ex­press An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s lo­co­mo­tive-themed

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