Give it it a twirl twirl
“Change partners!” goes the frequent command of this nimble two-step, first seen last year at the Dublin Fringe Festival as part of Fishamble and limbs. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. Ends Jun 21 8pm 110 Also Louth.
A Danger Man and Some Baffling Monsters
A double bill from Dick Walsh. The first is a homage to a social misfit, when his views are taken seriously; the second, set among three fractious men on a farm, is about anecdotes in pressurised conditions. Project Arts Centre. Ends Jun 21 8.15pm projectartscentre.ie
This year’s graduation play for the Gaiety School of Acting students, a new piece from Australian playwright Chris Edmund, engages with ideas of home and art, from the ghost of the painter Francis Bacon to the most marginalised of society, struggling to find a home in the world or within art. Smock Alley Theatre. Jun 23-28 7.30pm smockalley.com
The Dubliners Dilemma
Declan Gorman performs his one-man show inspired by Joyce’s stories, beginning with Grant Richards, the London publisher who refused to publish it in 1906, who now returns to the manuscript some years later as its stories come teeming to life before him. Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchards town. Jun 26 8.15pm 116/112 draiocht.ie
Earnest and the Pale Moon
Inspired by Poe and Hitchcock, English theatre company Les Enfants Terribles present a tale and Irish Theatre Institute’s Show in a Bag series. That imperative is also the soul of its appeal.
Portraying a crowded dance class of warm comic characters, the charmingly paired Janet Moran and Steve Blount (who co-wrote the play with Fishamble’s Gavin Kostick and director Peter Daly) twirl through feats of multiple role-play with dazzling precision.
Here are the husbandand-wife instructors who share their humorous encourage- of obsession and murder, when a man consumed with jealousy is driven to murderous impulse and a descent into madness. As part of Illusion, curated by Collapsing Horse for TCD Drama. Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD. Jun 20-21 7.30pm 116/ 212
Girls Like That
New company Little Soul stage Evan Placey’s drama about sexuality, shame and technology: when a naked photograph of a young woman, Scarlett, goes viral, she stays silent, and everyone else forms an opinion. The New Theatre. Ends Jun 21 7.30pm 115/112 thenewtheatre.com
Expertly played by Michael Ford-Fitzgerald, Gerry Ryan is a young turk in RTÉ whose appearance on a survival slot on the Gay Byrne Show causes a scandal when Ryan kills a lamb. Maybe. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. Jun 23-Jul 3 8pm 112
The Last Five Years
New Company Trees Rd Productions stage a contemporary one-act musical which charts the life and death of young love between a rising novelist and a struggling actress over their five year relationship. Director Chris Collins and musical director Danny Forde match performers Robert Bannon and Amy O’Dwyer with a live band. Project Arts Centre. Previews Jun 24 8.15pm 110 Opens Jun 25-28 8.15pm 115/113 (Sat mat 3pm 110) projectartscentre.ie ment and barely-concealed mutual hostility; there, a mismatched Nordie sour puss and fretful Cavan first-timer, and everywhere else, toe-treading missed connections or gracefully united soul mates.
Somebody needs to lead, though. Moran’s main character May, settled before her time, comes seeking society while her boyfriend is out of the country and finds Blount’s Joe, a cheerfully battered spirit, who has lost his wife, his job and his home (“I’m a country’n’western song,” he says gamely).
Losing the Plot
Just Theatre stages a new play by Brian Murray about a family attempting to navigate the straits of the property market. Teacher’s Club, Parnell Sq West. Ends Jun 21 8pm 115/112 (Sat mat 2.30pm) tickets.ie
The Gaiety’s annual John B Keane season begins with his comedy set in a rural presbytery in Kerry, where three selfinterested priests search for a housekeeper. Gaiety Theatre. Ends Jun 21 from 122.50 gaietytheatre.ie
Visual artist Orla Barry collaborates with actor Marcus Lamb, dancer Einat Tuchman and musician Derrick Devine to devise a work for which chance informs the composition: a wheel of fortune stops on one of 57 words that trigger impromptu scenarios for an unrepeatable performance. Project Arts Centre. Jun 20-21 8pm 112/110 projectartscentre.ie
Last staged at the Gate 10 years ago, Arthur Miller’s drama finds two estranged brothers – one dutiful and frustrated, the other independent and successful – brought back together to sell their dead parents’ property and to consider the price they have each paid. Doug Hughes directs Lewis J Stadlen, Barry McGovern, Denis Conway and Fiona Bell. Gate Theatre. Previews Jun 26-30 7.30pm 120 Opens Jul 1 7.30pm Reassuringly generic perhaps, but Moran and Blount create endearing visions of lives that have stalled now given a new whirl of possibility and Daly never lets performance technique obscure the show’s sweet-natured heart.
Fishamble’s production is now dancing its way around the nation.
PETER CRAWLEY Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis Dirty Laundry
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin Mon & Sat mat 125, Tues-Thurs 132, Fri-Sat 135
Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny
Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Company co-produce the Brecht and Weill opera – with the assistance of the Sky Arts Ignition award – about the creation of a gangsta’s paradise that devolves into chaos and violence. Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Ends Jun 22 120-175 ticketmaster.ie
Shur I’ll Be Alright Here on Me Own
Galway company Fregoli Theatre Company, who most recently brought their Dorset Street Toys to Dublin, return with three new monologues by Maria Tivnan, featuring a woman who talks to the walls, a girl who must face the sea and a young man who collects footprints. Smock Alley Theatre Jun 26-27 8pm 112/110 smockalley.com
Small Plastic Wars
A stand-out production from last year’s Show in a Bag at the Dublin Fringe Festival gets a welcome revival. Unemployment has finally given Joe the time to enjoy his hobby of modelling, but his wife, his kids, the bank and Angela Merkel have other ideas. Bewley’s Café Theatre. Jun 23-July 19 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com
Sickle Moon Productions stage their second show for
SWING Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin, 1pm. Ends June 21 bewleyscafetheatre.com; The Dock, Carrick on Shannon. June 24, 8pm thedock.ie; The Linenhall, Castlebar. June 25, 8pm thelinenhall.com; The Source Arts Centre, Thurles. June 26, 8pm thesourceartscentre.ie