SATUR­DAY 27.06.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Sara Keat­ing Royal Hos­pi­tal, Dublin 6.30pm ¤27.90 tick­et­mas­

Last chance to see Tom Mur­phy’s play about a quack who gets his come­up­pance when a dodgy builder pays him a visit look­ing to sing like the Ital­ian tenor Be­ni­amino Gigli. This is Mur­phy at his finest: dark themes, wry hu­mour and the­atri­cal trans­for­ma­tion. Per­for­mances from De­clan Con­lon, De­nis Con­way and Dawn Brad­field are as blus­ter­ing and sen­si­tive as the play de­mands. The fi­nal mo­ments of­fer what theatre at its best can do so well: cre­ate some­thing from noth­ing. As The Ir­ish­man laments: “There are too many facts in the world.” The Gigli Con­cert coun­ters that with cre­ative truth. PUNK POL­I­TICS Manu Chao

Poly­glot, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial

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