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Theatre List­ings: Peter Craw­ley

pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

A Bet­ter Boy

John Wil­son Fos­ter’s play fo­cuses on Wil­liam J Pir­rie, un­cle of the chief de­signer of the Ti­tanic, who con­sents to an in­ter­view in 1917 to dis­cuss his re­pu­di­ated rel­a­tive and his views of the tragedy. Ian McEl­hin­ney plays Lord Pir­rie. The MAC. May 11 8pm 18

Gary Mitchell’s new play is a com­edy about a doomed bank heist. Lyric Theatre. Ends May 24 8pm (Sat & Sun mat 3pm) £11-£16 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

De­mented

Two young men from very dif­fer­ent classes in Ire­land, Alec and Jerry, find them­selves to­gether dur­ing World War I. Adapted from Jennifer John­ston’s novel by Alan Stan­ford. Lyric Theatre. Ends May 24 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm, Thurs 1pm) £10-£24.50

Against the back­drop of height­ened vi­o­lence in 1971 Belfast, Beano Ni­block’s play fol­lows the teenage leader of a street gang whose life is changed for­ever in a few short months. The MAC. May 10 7.45pm, May 11 3pm £12-£22 cqaf.com

Tar­tan

Af­ter Sarah Miles

Don Wy­cher­ley per­forms Michael Hil­liard Mulc­ahy’s one-man play. Also Lim­er­ick and Wex­ford. Sk­ib­bereen Town Hall. May 10 8pm 115/112 028-22557

Bird­song

See Panel.

Small Plas­tic Wars

A stand-out pro­duc­tion from last year’s Show in a Bag at the Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val gets a wel­come re­vival. Also Kil­dare and Laois. Half Moon Theatre. May 10 8pm half­moonthe­atre.ie; Glen Theatre, Ban­teer. May 14 2pm

Alice Devine. Not For Sale

Hilda Fay per­forms Shay Line­han’s play, a com­edy-drama about one woman strug­gling to cope with re­ces­sion­ary Ire­land. Vik­ing, Clon­tarf. Ends May 9 8pm 112 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

An Ideal Hus­band

Ethan McSweeny di­rects Wilde’s com­edy of black­mail and po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion, fea­tur­ing Aoib­heann O’Hara, Marty Rea, Gar­rett Lom­bard and Lorna Quinn. Gate Theatre. Ends Jun 14 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mat 125, Tue-Thur 132, Fri-Sat 135 gateth­e­atre.ie

Aunty Ben

Su­per Paua present the story of a nine-year-old girl who loves her Aunty Ben, the drag per­sona of her un­cle. But then Ben meets her school friends. For ages 7+. As part of IDGTF. Teach­ers Club, Par­nell Sq. May 10 & 17 2pm

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