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.
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) email@example.com Let Me Be See Cork. Smock Alley Theatre. Feb 12 8pm 115/112 fregolitheatre.com 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 gaietytheatre.ie 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 milltheatre.ie 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 smockalley.com 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 projectartscentre.ie Scorpion See Donegal. Civic Theatre Feb 8-9 8pm 120/116 civictheatre.ie 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 abbeytheatre.ie 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 draiocht.ie 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 thehelix.ie 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) civictheatre.ie Also Galway Starlight Express Andrew Lloyd Webber’s locomotive-themed