WED­NES­DAY 16.12.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - SL Peter Craw­ley

TRAD Liam O’Con­nor, fam­ily and friends Liam O’Con­nor is pos­si­bly Dublin’s finest fiddle player, and one of the best in the coun­try. His un­der­stated style be­lies a rich her­itage, steeped in the mu­sic of Clare, where he’s spent many a sum­mer in thrall to such lo­cal mas­ters as Noel Hill. Tonight he’s joined by fam­ily and friends for what prom­ises to be a real treat. His fa­ther, the ir­re­press­ible Mick O’Con­nor, will make an able mas­ter of cer­e­monies. THE­ATRE The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest in the coun­try; his dandy friend Al­ger­non who uses an in­vented al­ibi to make reg­u­lar dis­ap­pear­ances; and oth­ers who live out par­al­lel lives in sen­sa­tional diary en­tries or triv­ial fic­tion. For all its fa­mous epi­grams, its most sub­ver­sive con­ceit is to show peo­ple liv­ing a lie un­til it fi­nally be­comes true. Peer­ing down on his creations, via a blown-up pho­to­graphic de­tail of Fran­cis O’Con­nor’s set, Wilde seems in com­mand of this new pro­duc­tion, from which set de­tails emerge through pan­els and doors, as though fi­nally emerg­ing from the closet. Di­rec­tor Pa­trick Ma­son may won­der if there is much left to re­veal, though: Marty Rea and Rory Nolan ex­pertly de­liver the mu­sic of the text, but ef­forts else­where to in­scribe phys­i­cal com­edy in the mar­gins are heavy-handed. Maybe that sen­tinel im­age of the au­thor ought to be con­sid­ered a warn­ing. Os­car will al­ways be the star of this show.

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