Food of love

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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 vikingth­e­atre­

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 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

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

Les­bian Style

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 gaythe­

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 pavil­ionthe­

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 gaythe­

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 mill­bank­the­; The New Theatre, Tem­ple Bar. May 20-31 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­

The Man in the Woman’s Shoes Mar­garet Thatcher Queen of Soho

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) be­w­leyscafethe­

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

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 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­

On City Wa­ter Hill

The Sea­farer

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) the­atre­up­

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 millthe­

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)

Twelfth Night

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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 the­atre­up­


TWELFTH NIGHT Abbey Theatre, un­til May 24, 7.30pm (Satur­day mati­nee at 2pm) ¤13-¤40 abbeythe­

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