Food of love
We’ll let Viola – the shipwreck survivor presently disguised as a man – outline the plot: “My master loves her dearly, And I, poor monster, fond as much on him, And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me. What will become of this?”
Shakespeare’s late comedy was hardly his first to feature such a complicated mesh of desires and gender play, but its subversive disarming of sexual and class barriers
Fred and Alice
CallBack theatre stages John Sheehy’s play, a quirky love story about a couple who move from institutional care to independent living while negotiating the challenges of both situations. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. Ends May 24 8pm 110 vikingtheatredublin.com
Here and Now
Inspired by mortgage arrears and walking the Camino, Veronica Dyas presents a performance and installation about housing, homelessness, spirituality and the practice of walking. Project Arts Centre. Installation: Ends May 17 11am-6pm free entry, Performance: Ends May 17 8pm 115/112 projectartscentre.ie
Jack and the Beanstalk
Lyngo Theatre Company stage a version of the fairytale for children aged 3 and over. Draíocht, Blanchardstown. May 17 2pm & 4pm 16/15 draiocht.ie
Jean Genet, Son of a Bitch
Israeli performer Zion Ashkenazi performs a provocative piece inspired by the life and work of controversial poet and playwright, Jean Genet. As part of IDGTF. Outhouse. Ends May 17 9pm (Sat mat 4pm) 115/113 gaytheatre.ie
Drawing on interviews with lesbian and bisexual women, together with her own tales, Hilary McCollum creates a play for four performers about everything from Mikel Murfi performs his solo show, developed for Bealtaine and based on tales shared by older people across Sligo, in which a man makes a trip to town in a pair of heels. Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. May 17 8pm 118/116 paviliontheatre.ie
On the eve of the controversial 1988 vote to restrict material promoting homosexuality, Margaret Thatcher gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret sensation in Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford’s camp odyssey about the difference an individual could have made. The New Theatre. Ends May 17 9pm 115/113 gaytheatre.ie
A New Day
make it a still-vital exploration of identity.
The disguised Viola (poor monster) is buffeted by misunderstandings, deceptions and emotional crosscurrents, yet she comes to see the world differently. One of the most remarkable things about the Abbey’s excellent, daring and clear-sighted new production is that we see the play a little differently too.
Collaborating with a team of performers, designers and composers mostly new to the Abbey, director Wayne Jordan brings a fresh perspective to a classic: it is the most engagingly contemporary Shakespeare in years.
Like the gossamer-thin disguises, all romance to role models, coming out to breaking up. Derry’s Sole Purpose Productions bring the show to Dublin as part of IDGTF. Players Theatre, TCD. Ends May 17 9pm (Sat mat 4pm) 115/113 Playwright and performer Alison Skilbeck plays The First Lady who visits London in 1941 during World War II. Also Kildare. Millbank Theatre, Rush. May 18 8.30pm 115/112 millbanktheatre.ie; The New Theatre, Temple Bar. May 20-31 7.30pm 115/112 thenewtheatre.com
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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London
A recently separated woman tries to revive her romantic life while her daughter adjusts to a new independent life at college. Bewley’s Café Theatre. Ends May 31 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com
A Night in November
Padraic McIntyre stars in Marie Jones monologue about a workingclass Protestant brought face to face with anti-Catholic sentiment during the 1993 World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Draíocht, Blanchardstown. May 17 8pm 118/114 draiocht.ie
Nixon in China
The acclaimed Wide Open Opera stages John Adams’ great opera set during Richard Nixon’s ground-breaking visit to communist China in 1972. Michael Cavanagh, who directed the show for Vancouver Opera four years ago, here directs a remarkably similar production using the same design, while Fergus Sheil conducts, Jessica Kennedy choreographs. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Ends May 17 7.30pm 115-185 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
On City Water Hill
transformations are revealing and effective: balloons come in funereal black, a Prodigy song in honeyed harmony, sexuality is unrestrained, and boozy revelry is exposed as something darker.
Together with a winning ensemble and fleet-footed design, it has exquisite new compositions with songs equal to the text. If music be the food of love, this is a feast.
Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis A New Day
Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin
An awardwinning film producer, betrayed by his wife, has a meeting with a professional hitman on a Dublin hilltop as he plans a grandiose revenge. Philip St John’s new play is staged by debut company Turnaround. Theatre Upstairs, Lannigan’s Bar. Ends May 17 1pm (Tues-Sat) 7pm (Thurs-Sat) 110 (incl lunch) theatreupstairs.ie
Rathfarnam Theatre Group take on Conor McPherson’s modern fable of alcoholism, redemption and a game of cards with the devil. Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Ends May 17 8pm 115/112 milltheatre.ie
Singin’ In The Rain
Using 12,000 litres of water per performance, this British stage version of the famously saturated musical will feature in the nightmares of everybody who fears looming water charges. The show, though, recycles its own water supply from a 10 tonne tank. Also contains singing and dancing. Bord Gais Energy Theatre. May 20-31 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm) 118-160
Till Death We Part
Amy De Bhrún performs in her new one-woman show as an evening of dinner theatre, directed by Helena Browne, in which she plays a mix of characters confronted with their own mortality. Mayfield, Terenure. Every Tuesday until May 27 8.30pm 125 (includes dinner)
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In Stewart Roche’s new play a woman trades a comfortably dull domestic life for a world of decadence, destruction and deviance. Renae Von Meding performs the solo piece, directed by Audrey Rooney. Theatre Upstairs, Lannigan’s Bar. May 20-31 1pm (Tues-Sat) & 7pm (Thur-Sat) 110/18 theatreupstairs.ie
TWELFTH NIGHT Abbey Theatre, until May 24, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2pm) ¤13-¤40 abbeytheatre.ie