DEATH OF THE TRADESMAN The Lir, Dublin Feb 12-16 7.30pm (Fri mat 1pm) ¤15/¤10 thelir.ie In a few short years, Talking Shop Ensemble has become something more than a conversation piece. The group began by creating a hum on the wires with their 2009 Dublin Fringe show Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This?, which deposited school book charac- Bedroom Farce Alan Stanford directs a promising cast in Alan Ayckbourn’s 1975 comedy about four couples whose relationships are tested to breaking point over the course of one night. Gate Theatre Until Mar 30 7.30pm 132-135 (Sat mat 2.30pm 125) gatetheatre.ie Break a Leg Peter Sheridan’s absorbing new one-man show is about his life in the theatre and the theatre’s role in our lives, a warm and detailed history of turning reality into art with rousing examples for theatre today. Viking Theatre@the sheds, Clontarf Ends Feb 9 8pm 110 vikingtheatredublin.com Cat Among Pigeons Tom O’Brien’s new farce takes a look at a marriage in crisis. Theatre@ 36, Teacher’s Club, Parnell Sq Previews Feb 12 Opens Feb 13-23 8pm 115/112 087-2503210 Clear the Air The premiere of Hugh Travers’ new play about a Dublin band whose big break may be thwarted by the volcanic ash cloud. Theatre Upstairs@ Lanigan’s Bar Until Feb 16 1pm firstname.lastname@example.org Darkness & Light A themed double bill: Ciaran Murphy’s drama about home care in Ireland, All Fall Down, and Erin Hug’s depiction of the waning of adult friendship in Sprinting Toward the Light. Mill Theatre, Dundrum Ends Feb 9 8pm 115/113 milltheatre.ie Death of a Tradesman See panel. The Lir Feb 12-16 7.30pm (Fri mat 1pm) 115/110 thelir.ie Focal Point Developed from Manchán Magan’s 2011 bilingual play for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Bás Tongue, a new production from Team Educational Theatre, directed by Mikel Murfi. Dónall Ó Héalaí plays a jaded Irish-language scholar ters into a nastier contemporary Ireland. They’ve been taking similarly playful approaches to social topics ever since: eating and feminism in Fat, superstition and religion in Do You Read Me?.
Their two standout works so far have been created from the stories on everybody’s lips. I Am a Homebird (It’s Very Hard), a documentary piece by the company and the writer/ performer Shaun Dunne, was a grab bag of ideas about who discovers a transfusion of Gaeilgeoir enthusiasm from a born-again cailín. Project Arts Centre Ends Feb 8 11am & 8pm 110-115 projectartscentre.ie Fred and Alice John Sheehy’s quirky love story between a man and a woman who move from institutional care to independent living while negotiating the challenges of both situations. Bewley’s Café Theatre Until Feb 23 1.10pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleys cafetheatre.com The Gingerbread Lady Neil Simon’s comedy about a cabaret singer returning home from a stint in rehab. Little Theatre, Skerries Until Feb 16 (no shows Mon-Tues) 8pm 112/110 087-2105432 High Society A wealthy socialite’s wedding plans come into trouble when her ex-husband turns up to win her back in Cole Porter’s musical. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Ends Feb 9 7.30pm 135-148 bordgais energytheatre.ie How I Learned to Drive Bráden stage Paula Vogel’s tale of survival as seen through the troubling relationship of a young girl and an older man. Mill Theatre, Dundrum Feb 14 8pm 118/115 milltheatre.ie King Lear Visionary Selina Cartmell, who has directed stunning treatments of Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, takes on Shakespeare’s most desolate tragedy. Owen Roe plays the aging king who puts a price on love, leading a cast that includes Beth Cooke, Lorcan Cranitch and Hugh O’Connor. Abbey Theatre Previews until Feb 11 Opens Feb 12-Mar 23 (Sat mat 2pm) 113-125 abbeytheatre.ie Last Train from Holyhead Bernard Field’s supernatural story of two men on a train to