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They should be big enough and old enough to look after themselves, but then again everyone needs minding. That’s the case with the three priests in a 1970s rural Kerry presbytery searching for a new housekeeper. It leads them to Moll, a canny political maneuverer who turns out to Everyman Theatre. May 30 8pm 125/120 everymancork.com
The latest show from Clinic Media and Expecto is a new play written and performed by Timothy O’Mahony. Struggling with loneliness, Jack Murphy turns to God but becomes impatient when God doesn’t answer. Granary Theatre. Jun 3-7 8pm 112/110 granary.ie
Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy about grief is staged by Taney Players. Heartbroken at the death of his fiancée, Colin is comforted by his closest friends at a gentle get-together which be equal parts Machiavelli and Mrs Doyle. It could also be the case with the Gaiety, the second largest theatre in the land, who turn to John B Keane – equal parts national treasure and box office treasure.
You have to admire the decision to produce work – in association with Verdant Productions – rather than farm it in, so it will be interesting to see what an annual season of Keane expects from the writer.
Like most of Keane’s female characters, Moll is formidable becomes a shattering experience. Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Ends May 31 8pm 115/112 milltheatre.ie
After Sarah Miles
Don Wycherley performs Michael Hilliard Mulcahy’s one-man play as a fisherman, Bobeen, still haunted by what he discovered in the harbour 30 years ago, but drawn back to the tides. Also Galway and Wicklow. Smock Alley Theatre. May 30-Jun 7 8pm 115/112 smockalley.com
WillFredd Theatre brings this intelligent and imaginative show about hospice care on a tour of hospices. Using movement, live music and text drawn from daily life among staff, Sophie Motley directs musicians Jack Cawley and Sean Mac Erlaine and fellow performers Sonya Kelly, Eleanor Methven and Shane O’Reilly through an illuminating and moving performance. St Francis Hospice, Raheny. May 30 5pm 110 willfredd.com
CARE The Complete Guide to Everything
Brooklyn-based writers and comedians, Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds, bring the live version of their podcast to Dublin with this comic quest to explore and explain every possible topic – including anecdotes, ambitions and audience members’ personal problems. Powerscourt Theatre. May 31 8pm 114 powerscourttheatre.com and complex – before women had working rights, here was a matriarch playing the priests off each other, making money for a new school (and herself) and calling the shots.
But the play’s gags can land louder than its politics, and David Horan’s accomplished cast of comic actors, including Clare Barrett, Damian Kearney, Des Keogh ande Patrick McDonnell (above), might strengthen an association with more riotous ecumenical matters: when Frank Kelly and
A (Brief) Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fortune’s Fool Productions stages an abridged and outdoor production of Shakespeare’s enchanted comedy of love, the cross currents of desire and magical transformations. As part of Bloom Fringe. St Patrick’s University Hospital Gardens. Jun 2 3.45pm Free Admission fortunesfoolproductions.ie
See Panel (above) Gaiety Theatre. gaietytheatre.ie
Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London
Playwright and performer Alison Skilbeck plays The First Lady who visits London in 1941 during World War II. Also Kildare. The New Theatre, Temple Bar. Ends May 31 7.30pm 115/112 thenewtheatre.com
A New Day
A recently separated woman tries to revive her romantic life while her daughter adjusts to a new independent life at college. Tensions flare when the daughter suspects her mother has already installed a cuckoo in the empty nest. Bewley’s Café Theatre. Ends May 31 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com
Noelle Brown and Michelle Forbes’s play delivers a provocative telling of one adopted woman’s search for her birth mother. Conor Hanratty directs. New Theatre. Jun 2-7 7.30pm 115/112 thenewtheatre.com
Pat McDonnell arrive onstage, can we defrock their more familiar characters, Fr Jack and Fr Eoin McLove?
A big space likes big laughs, but there’s still some distance between north Kerry and Craggy Island.
Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis Singin’ In The Rain
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Stewart Roche’s enjoyable comic/horror story returns. Simon Toal narrates a contemporary gothic chiller as the director of a Famine-era zombie movie who casts a mysterious lead actor at the eleventh hour. On tour. Friars’ Gate Theatre. May 30 8pm 115/112 friarsgate.ie
The debut production from Pixilated, a new London/Dublin company formed by writer Richard Molloy and actor Susan Stanley, is a staging of Molloy’s first play. Set during the run-up to Ireland’s divorce referendum in 1995, it is a story of a disintegrating Dublin family performed by Carrie Crowley, David Murray, Roxanna Nic Liam and Stanley, directed by Simon Evans. Project Arts Centre. Previews Jun 2-3 Opens Jun 4-14 8.15pm 115/112 projectartscentre.ie
A Simple Twist of Fate
Nuala Hayes performs in Susan Knight’s bitter-sweet new play about a child of the 1960s, now on the verge of receiving her pension, still keen to live life to the full, in a bittersweet tale of love and loss. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. Ends Jun 7 8pm 112 vikingtheatredublin.com
Singin’ In The Rain
Using 12,000 litres of water per performance, this British stage version of the famously saturated movie 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. Ends May 31 7.30pm (Wed and Sat mat 2.30pm) 118-160 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
This Dublin Fringe Festival hit – a charming and whirling multiple-role-play two-hander about dancing, bravery and love – returns for a national tour beginning with these dates as part of the Dublin Dance Festival, swiftly followed by a residency in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre. Peacock Theatre. Ends May 31 8pm dublindancefestival.ie; Bewley’s Café Theatre Jun 2-21 1pm bewleyscafetheatre.com
The accomplished Beckett transplanters Pan Pan Theatre Company work with Irish Modern Dance Theatre to stage his short piece for television, a “movement system” informed by mathematics, geometry and mortality as part of the Dublin Dance Festival. Project Arts Centre. May 30-31 6pm 113/111 dublindancefestival.ie
In Stewart Roche’s new play for Timador Productions, 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. Ends May 31 1pm (Tues-Sat) and 7pm (Thurs-Sat) 110/18 theatreupstairs.ie
Isobel Mahon and Rose Henderson perform Ger Gallagher’s comedy about love, life and dieting. Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Ends May 31 8.15pm (Wed Mat 3pm) 112 civictheatre.ie; Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Jun 3-14 1pm 112/110 milltheatre.ie
Eddie Naughton’s new play for Fast Intent is based on the life and work of Zelda Fitzgerald, the high-living author and artist who helped define the Jazz Age. Sharon Coade plays Zelda, alone in the psychiatric hospital where her life tragically ended, recalling the highs and lows of life in the company of Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemmingway, Cole Porter and her husband F Scott. Theatre Upstairs, Lanigan’s Bar. Jun 3-14 Tues-Sat 1pm and Thurs-Sat 7pm 110/18 theatreupstairs.ie
Mephisto Theatre’s production of David Harrower’s unsettling thriller returns, in which a woman and her abuser are reunited after 15 years. Town Hall Theatre. Jun 5 8pm 115 tht.ie
Donal O’Kelly’s solo play addresses the Shell Corrib gas pipeline, subjecting a Shell representative to enchanted interrogation techniques when Fionnuala, one of the Children of Lir, commands him to tell the secrets of how power works in Ireland. Lime Tree Theatre. Jun 4 8pm 116/112 limetreetheatre.ie
MOLL Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Ends Jun 21st tickets from ¤22.50 gaietytheatre.ie