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DEATH OF THE TRADES­MAN The Lir, Dublin Feb 12-16 7.30pm (Fri mat 1pm) ¤15/¤10 the­ 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) gateth­e­ 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 vikingth­e­atre­ 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 the­atre­up­ 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 millthe­ Death of a Trades­man See panel. The Lir Feb 12-16 7.30pm (Fri mat 1pm) 115/110 the­ 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 pro­jec­tarts­cen­ 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 cafethe­ 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 en­er­gythe­ 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 millthe­ 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 abbeythe­ Last Train from Holy­head Bernard Field’s su­per­nat­u­ral story of two men on a train to

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