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CAN’T FOR­GET ABOUT YOU Lyric Theatre, Belfast Un­til Jun 16 8pm (Sun 7pm, Sat mat 3pm, no show Mon) £11-£16 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

Play­wright David Ire­land has writ­ten scenes for cou­ples be­fore, but rarely with much ro­mance. His 2008 short piece, Ar­gu­ments for Ter­ror­ism, found Ge­orge W Bush at the end of his pres­i­dency be­wail­ing the restric­tive de­mands of his lover, Tony Blair: “Don’t be child­ish, don’t bomb Venezuela, don’t come in my hair.” An­other play con­cluded with its work­ing­class Protes­tant hero be­ing sex­u­ally vi­o­lated over a ren­di­tion of Amhrán na bhFiann. And his un­set­tling Half a Glass of Wa­ter let us watch a dam­aged young man re­united with his for­mer abuser. There are prob­a­bly other writ­ers less likely to de­liver a ro­man­tic com­edy. But not many. play for Hot-for-Theatre, in which a down­trod­den dreamer, Gina Devine, dis­cov­ers her­self through dance. Tour­ing na­tion­ally. Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown Ends May 24 8.15pm 118/114 draiocht.ie

Dance theatre per­form­ers Fitzger­ald & Sta­ple­ton present a new ver­sion of The Work The Work to­gether with Gil­lie Kleiman’s provoca­tive cabaret show, Ophe­lia’s Not Dead. Anseo Bar, Cam­den St May 24-25 9pm 110 fitzger­al­dand sta­ple­ton@gmail.com

Fifty One Shades of Mag­gie

Adapted from Belfast-based Leesa Harker’s Face­book satire of the Fifty Shades spank­buster phe­nom­e­non, here’s the story of a work­ing class Dublin girl look­ing for love in all the wrong sex dun­geons. Tivoli Theatre Ends Jun 1 tivoli.ie

Good­night Alice

Lean on Me

Out of the Blue Theatre stages Suzanne Lakes’s com­edy about two in­ner-city Dublin sis­ters fac­ing chal­lenges to­gether. Civic Theatre Ends May 25 8.15pm 115/112 civicthe­atre.ie

Lorna Dal­ton di­rects her own play about five par­tic­i­pants and their psy­chi­a­trist at a weekly sup­port group for peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues. Civic Theatre, Tal­lagh May 28-30 8.15pm 115/110 civicthe­atre.ie

The Lion King The Fes­ti­val for Peo­ple Who Aren’t In the Other Fes­ti­val for One Rea­son or An­other ;)

It’s the cir­cle of fran­chise. Julie Tay­mor’s pup­pet-aug­mented the­atri­cal ver­sion of the El­ton Johnem­bossed Dis­ney film fi­nally

For his first play as Writer-in-Res­i­dence for the Lyric, how­ever, Ire­land has con­structed pre­cisely that, al­beit with a twist. Here is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween a 25-year-old Belfast man, reel­ing from heart­break, who finds new love with a Scot­tish widow about twice his age. To those amused and as­ton­ished by the fe­roc­ity of Ire­land’s satires, that may sound like a re­treat. But when a writer has al­ways been smart reaches Dublin. And it moves us all. Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre Un­til Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125-165) 120-185 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

Man of Val­our

An of­fice drone es­capes from his worka­day tedium into a fan­tasy ex­is­tence un­til his re­al­ity takes a turn for the thrilling through Paul Reid’s vir­tu­oso phys­i­cal per­for­mance for Corn Ex­change. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre May 28-Jun 8 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 116-122 pro­jec­tarts cen­tre.ie

Odd Cou­ple

Taney Drama So­ci­ety stages Neil Si­mon’s clas­sic com­edy. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Ends May 25 8pm 110-115 millthe­atre.ie

Once in a While the Odd Thing Hap­pens

Com­pany D stages Paul God­frey’s bio­drama about the com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ton and his strug­gle to come to terms with his sex­u­al­ity dur­ing WWII-era Eng­land and Amer­ica. Vik­ing Theatre Ends May 25 8pm 110 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Opera Briefs: Stavin­sky’s Mavra and Renard

The Royal Ir­ish Acad­emy of Mu­sic and The Lir present the third in­stal­ment of short op­er­atic works with two short works by Stravin­sky, con­ducted by David Adams and An­drew Syn­not and di­rected by Tom Creed. The Lir May 27-29 8pm 110-115 the­lir.ie

Jane McCarthy’s play about an am­bi­tious young busi­ness­man un­der pres­sure and his tor­men­tor. Caro­line Fitzger­ald di­rects. New Theatre Un­til Jun 1 7.30pm 110-115 the­newthe­atre.com

Over­time

about his shock tac­tics, his soft tac­tics seem just as pointed, throw­ing a med­dle­some Chris­tian mother and an ul­tra­u­nion­ist sis­ter into the mix.

Di­rected by Con­leth Hill, it may sound like a bou­quet of roses, but watch out for the thorns.

can’Tsee ThaT? caTchThis Un­der Pres­sure

Bew­ley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin

Pav­il­ion Play­wrights

Eight new 10-minute plays, each in­spired by a paint­ing from the National Gallery, re­ceive re­hearsed read­ings in the gallery. Writ­ers in­clude Ivy Ban­nis­ter, Celia De Freine, Kevin Gildea and Rose Hen­der­son. National Gallery of Ire­land May 30 6pm Adm free; Pav­il­ion Theatre Jun 1 12.30pm 15/13 pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

The Robert Em­met Ex­pe­ri­ence

Per­formed near the ex­e­cu­tion site of the failed rebel, Neville Car­lyle Style’s drama draws from Dion Bouci­cault’s wildly in­ac­cu­rate bi­og­ra­phy to­gether with con­tem­po­rary doc­u­ments. Arthur’s Pub Weds 8pm, ThursSun 3pm Un­til Oct 118 (incl din­ner), 115 (incl a pint) 112 (incl a tea) arthur­spub.ie

U-R-HAM­LET-TOO

Re­vived from its cel­e­brated de­but at last year’s Fringe, Conor Mad­den, Ja­son Byrne and Gavin Ko­stick’s mul­ti­me­dia pro­duc­tion looks at the hu­man­ity in Shake­speare’s tragic hero and how it might shape us all. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre. Preview May 27 Opens May 28Jun 1 8.15pm (Jun 1 mat 1.30pm) 19-115 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Un­der Pres­sure

Rachel Fe­hily’s new le­gal drama puts an ar­ro­gant sur­geon on trial for the mur­der of his wife dur­ing a sex game gone awry. Fair City’s Ge­off Minogue plays the ac­cused, Helen Collins the se­nior coun­sel and Deb­o­rah Pearce the de­ceased. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre May 27-Jun 8 1pm 18-112 be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

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