The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - PETER CRAW­LEY

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


Ab­sent Friends

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 Sep­a­ra­tion

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

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