Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Guy meets Girl. Guy and Girl talk music on Grafton Street. Girl brings broken vacuum cleaner to Guy. Guy fixes vacuum. Girl pleased. Guy and Girl make beautiful music together (literally). Love meets marine forecast metaphor in Falling Slowly lyrics. (Tear meets eye. Allergies excuse meets general incredulity.) Guy tries it on with Girl. Girl rejects Guy. Guy and Girl continue making beautiful music together. Guy and Girl go separate ways. John Carney’s charming film ends.
Film meets World. World and Film hit it off. Stars make beautiful music together (literally and figuratively). Falling Slowly meets Oscar. World delighted. Once The Tony Award-winning musical based on John Carney’s low-budget film reaches Dublin in a musical written by Enda Walsh and directed by the peerless John Tiffany. See panel. Gaiety Theatre Previews Feb 22-25 Opens Feb 26-Mar 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm 139.50/ 121.50) 149.50/129.50) gaietytheatre.ie Pageant Created by David Bolger and Muirne Bloomer, CoisCéim’s eagerly anticipated show celebrates the extraordinary in the everyday, choreographing a cast of seven dancers to a score with references from Bowie to Ravel. Project Arts Centre Previews Feb 21-22 8pm 115 Opens Feb 23-Mar 2 8pm 115-125 projectartscentre.ie Payback! Marion O’Dwyer and Maria McDermottroe comic middle-aged women’s revenge fantasy is directed by Iseult Golden. Bewley’s Café Theatre Previews Feb 25 Opens Feb 26-Mar 23 1.10pm 18-112 (Lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre. com Pinter x 4 AC Productions quartet of short Harold Pinter plays (The New World Order, One for the Road, Mountain Language and Precisely), nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, explore the politics of language and power. Pearse Centre Until Mar 2 8.15pm 115/112 089-44006231 The Prodger Set in a Waterford pub in 1964, Tina Noonan’s oneact takes place on a howling night. Two men begin a night of stories, rumours and painful flashbacks to World War I. New Theatre. Feb 25-Mar 2 7.30pm 112/110 thenewtheatre.com Romeo and Juliet DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama stage a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s love tragedy. Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD Previews Feb 27 Opens Feb 28Mar 2 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 115/110 tcd.ie/Drama The Sand Park Seamus O’Rourke’s new play involves an
Film meets Stage. Stage and Film talk about making beautiful musical together. World dubious. Enda Walsh on board to write the book. World curious. John Tiffany directs. World breathless. Musical opens in New York, transfers to Broadway, wins rapturous plaudits and hoovers up almost every Tony going. Sinking boat meets showstopper. World waits impatiently.
Broadway meets West End version. World unsurprised. West End version plans to open in Dublin (take this sinking boat and point it home). Dublin content with news, considers it about time, frankly, gagging to hear the accents and to let it all happen once again.
Guy meets Girl . . .
The Ladykillers Offaly farmer coming to terms with the deaths of family, reflecting on the fun of life, the rituals of death and what happens when either is altered. Civic Theatre Ends Feb 23 8.15pm 116/112 civictheatre.ie Short Play Season The Abbey stages a double bill of short sketches from proven writers Nancy Harris & Elaine Murphy, rounded out with rehearsed readings of three more playlets. Peacock Theatre Ends Feb 27 6pm 114/112 abbeytheatre.ie Starlight Express Andrew Lloyd Webber’s locomotive-themed roller disco. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Ends Feb 23 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 120-150 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie Sucking Dublin Felix Culpa stage one of Enda Walsh’s early works, a tale of six characters tormented by life in a harsh Dublin driven by drugs and aggression. New Theatre Ends Feb 23 7.30pm 112/110 thenewtheatre.com The Sylvia Philip St John’s new play finds an artist fallen on hard times and his wife receiving two art collectors ready to spend money. A comedy of sex, drugs and transgression, it watches obsession threaten the most intimate relationships. As part of Collaborations 13. Smock Alley Theatre Previews Feb 25 Opens Feb 26-Mar 9 8pm 115/112 smockalley.com Village Wooing GB Shaw’s 1934 comedy of mismatched wouldbe lovers is performed by Elliot Moriarty and Rebecca Grimes. Viking Theatre@thesheds, Clontarf Ends Feb 23 8pm 110 vikingtheatredublin.com A Woman of No Importance To celebrate its 80th year, Trinity College’s drama society stages a version of Oscar Wilde’s play, transposed to the 1980s. Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD Feb 22 7.30pm 18/15 tcd.ie/Drama
Last Train from Holyhead Out of Time Theatre stage Bernard Field’s supernatural story of two men on a train to nowhere, sharing drink, a game of cards and dark secrets. Town Hall Theatre Feb 25-Mar 2 8.30pm 115/112 tht.ie The Highest House on the Mountain Sanctuary players present John B Keane’s 1960 play about a son who returns to his fractious family, bringing his new bride. St John’s Theatre, Listowel Feb 28-Mar 5 8pm 115/112 stjohnstheatrelistowel. com Also Longford I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell Torch Players stages Bernard Farrell’s farcical treatment of group therapy. Punchs Hotel Feb 22-Mar 2 8pm 116/112 085-2085737 Follow Shane O’Reilly’s excellent play is an engaging series of stories about deaf children, deaf parents and living with hearing disabilities. It combines story telling, sign language, live music, physical performance and adventurous design in Sophie Motley’s award- winning production. Backstage Theatre Feb 23 8.30pm 116/114 backstage.ie The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley Bachelor farmer seeks romance but develops a strange love triangle when he joins the local drama group. Are they interested in his love or his livestock? Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda Ends Feb 23 8pm 112 droichead.com Moll Erris Players stage John B Keane’s comedy of a rural Irish parochial house where a Canon and his two curates are faced with the problem of replacing their housekeeper. Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet Feb 22-23 8pm 110 arasinisgluaire.ie Tuesdays With Morrie Adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestselling memoir of life lessons learned from his former college professor battling with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Town Hall Theatre Feb 25-27 8pm 118/116 tht.ie
The Highest House on the Mountain See Kerry. Backstage Theatre Feb 28-Mar 1 8.30pm backstage.ie
Scorpion See Cavan. Ballina Arts Centre Feb 22 8pm 115/112 09673593; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Feb 26 8pm 116/114 094-9023733
Wexford Drama Festival The 50th annual festival of drama from across the country and farther afield. Wexford Arts Centre Feb 28-Mar 8 8pm 112/110 wexfordartscentre.ie The Loves of Cass McGuire Brian Friel’s 1966 play deals with Cass McGuire, who return to Ireland after more than 50 years working among the deadbeats of Skid Row, now adapting to her family’s rejection and life in a nursing home. Wexford Arts Centre Ends Feb 23 8pm 114/112 wexfordartscentre.ie
ONCE Gaiety, Dublin Previews Feb 22-25 Opens Feb 26-Mar 9 7.30pm ¤49.50/¤29.50 (Sat mat 2pm ¤39.50/¤21.50) gaietytheatre.ie