DUBLIN It’s a kind of magic
What can magic do for the theatre? It seems like an obvious and long-standing combination: introduce illusion to a drama, as theatres have sought to do since the smoke first met the mirror, and you can conjure up an extraordinary spectacle.
Give a magician a narrative, contemporary gothic chiller as the director of a Famine-era zombie movie who casts a mysterious lead actor at the 11th hour. On tour. Also Kerry. Lehanmore Community Centre, Beara. Jul 4 8.30pm 112/110
The O’Donnell family gathers in Ballybeg Hall, their ancestral home, for a wedding, each stewing in neuroses, resentments and affections, in Brian Friel’s Chekhovian portrait of the Irish Big House. Patrick Mason directs a cast that includes Cathy Belton, Tom Hickey, Philip Judge, Rory Nolan, Tadhg Murphy and Rebecca O’Mara in a new production. Abbey Theatre. Ends Aug 2 7.30pm 113-145 abbeytheatre.ie
An English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of an eccentric inventor. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot arrives to sleuth out the killer in Agatha Christie’s mystery, staged by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Ends Jun 28 7.30pm 117.50 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Set in 17th Century Ireland, Helen Edmundson’s play concentrates on a young couple, from different backgrounds, confronting the brutality of Cromwellian ethnic cleansing. Annabelle Comyn directs the graduating class of as audiences have seen in shows such as Rob Drummond’s beautiful and nailbiting Bullet Catch or Paul Gleeson’s Of Rogues and Knaves, and the fillip of mind-reading gains more emotional consequence. But there’s still a difference between theatre’s suspension of belief and the magic that simply defies belief.
Now the charismatic Dublin magician Shane Gillen (above) brings his laid-back style of The Lir. The Lir. Jun 26-Jul 2 7.30pm (Fri mat 1pm) 115/112 thelir.ie
Dizzytails Theatre Company stage David Eldridge’s adaptation of the Lars Von Triers Dogme film, itself modelled on a theatrical revenge plot. James Power directs the story of a family birthday banquet that goes hideously awry with dark revelations. Players Theatre, TCD. Jul 1-5 8pm tcd.ie
Inspired by Frederick Durenmatt’s uniquely unphysical dark fable, The Visit, Barefeet fuse comedy, song, dance and acrobatics to create a piece about the building of Zambia’s Kariba Dam. Smock Alley. Jul 3 4pm and 8pm 112/110
This year’s graduation play for the Gaiety School of Acting students, a new piece commissioned 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. Ends Jun 28 7.30pm smockalley.com
New Australian circus company Casus perform their debut work, a blend of circus skills and modern media which explores relationships and fragility. Draiocht, Blanchardstown. Jul 3 7pm 118/114 mentalism to a theatre, working with the excellent Sugarglass Theatre Company to combine mind-bending illusion with something just as mysterious: the tricks of our memories.
Using the story of his own grief, a fading memory of a family member, and a grim history of scientific studies, Gillen folds the crisis of remembering into the pristine recall skills required by a magician.
Hugh Travers’ play depicts a pivotal moment in Gerry Ryan’s career and Irish media culture. Michael FordFitzgerald stars as the RTÉ presenter. Viking Theatre, Clontarf. Ends Jul 3 8pm 112 vikingtheatredublin.com
The Last Five Years
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. Ends Jun 28 8.15pm 115/113 (Sat mat 3pm 110) projectartscentre.ie
My Brilliant Divorce
Tara Flynn performs Geraldine Aron’s welltravelled comic monologue about a middle-aged, IrishAmerican putting her life back together after her marriage falls apart. Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Jul 1-5 8pm 118/114 civictheatre.ie
Neil + 1
Acclaimed improviser Neil Curran performs a spontaneous comic play with one person selected from the audience. Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Jul 3-4 8.15pm 110 milltheatre.ie
Pains of Youth
Ferdinand Bruckner’s sorrowful play details the lives of highly sexed medical
It’s a promising, unsettling and unconventional approach, like shuffling a razor blade into a pack of cards. Magicians radiate an aura of complete control, but Lapse is as occupied with the possibility of failure, forgetting and loss. Now you see me, now you don’t.
Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis The Last Five Years
Project Arts Centre, Dublin students in a boarding house in Vienna in the aftermath of WWI. Wayne Jordan directs the graduating class of The Lir in Daphne Moore’s translation. Project Arts Centre. Jun 27- Jul 3 7.45pm (Tues mat 1pm) 115/113 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. Gate Theatre. Previews until Jun 30 7.30pm 120 Opens Jul 1 7.30pm Mon & Sat mat 125, Tues-Thurs 132, Fri-Sat 135 gate-theatre.ie
Shur I’ll Be Alright Here on Me Own
Fregoli Theatre Company, who 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 Ends Jun 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. Bewley’s Café Theatre. Ends July 19 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com
LAPSE Smock Alley July 3-12, 8pm €15 smockalley.com