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Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

BELFAST

The Lyric’s new pro­duc­tion of Willy Rus­sell’s com­edy about education, class and the sexes trans­poses the orig­i­nal from Liverpool to Belfast. Here, Kerri Quinn plays Rita, the hair­dresser tired of a con­fined ex­is­tence who en­rols in an Open Univer­sity course in English lit­er­a­ture taught by a dis­so­lute lec­turer, played by Stephen Kennedy. Emma Jor­dan di­rects. Lyric Theatre. Ends Feb 28 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £15-£24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

Gearoid Humphreys’s satir­i­cal com­edy about war and re­mem­brance, , re­vived from last year, wit­nesses a clash of politi­cians, spin doc­tors and sol­diers. Lyric Theatre, Naughton Stu­dio. Feb 6 8pm £15/£12 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CAR­LOW

An­other life stage gets a mu­si­cal out­ing in this com­mer­cial jug­ger­naut, back for a fresh wave of tour­ing, which par­o­dies pop hits of the 60s and 70s and stars Mary Byrne, Sue Collins, Ni­amh Ka­vanagh and Linda Nolan. Also Kerry, Kilkenny, Sligo and Wex­ford. Vis­ual. Feb 7 8pm menopau­seire­land.com

CA­VAN

Livin Dred re­vives Jimmy Mur­phy’s play from 2000, set among a group of Lon­don-Ir­ish builders who left home in the 1970s, as they wake the death of one of their mem­bers. Padraic McIn­tyre di­rects Phe­lim Drew, Mal­colm Adams, Arthur Rior­dan, Sea­mus O’Rourke and Char­lie Bon­ner in a tour­ing pro­duc­tion. Ramor Theatre, Vir­ginia. Pre­views Feb 11 Opens Feb 12-16 ramorthe­atre.com

CLARE

Joe O’Byrne adapts JM Synge’s di­aries about his trips to the Aran Is­lands - where he gath­ered the ma­te­rial and sto­ries that would be­come the sub­stance of his dra­mas - for a one man per­for­mance by Brendan Con­roy, staged by Co-Mo­tion Me­dia. Glor, En­nis.

Feb 5 8pm glor.ie

CORK

Ger Fitzgib­bon di­rects Sean O’Casey’s not-too-sel­dom re­vived clas­sic (see below) set in a Dublin ten­e­ment dur­ing the Ir­ish Civil War where the for­tunes of the chaot­i­cally dys­func­tional Boyle fam­ily rise and fall. Ev­ery­man Theatre. Feb 10-20 8pm (Schools per­for­mance Feb 12 11am)

(Stu­dents Mon-Thurs) ev­ery­man­cork.com The se­cond ap­pear­ance of this three-day mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val, pre­sented by Makeshift En­sem­ble and South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity Board, in­cludes a pub­lic prom­e­nade of feminism and equal­ity Cathy Walsh’s Run­ning Up That Hill, a po­etic recital from Em­i­lie Com­bet in Poupée Russe, Xn­thony’s Euro­vi­sion bid Douze and Siob­hán Ní Dhuin­nín’s dance piece En­gulf. Var­i­ous venues on North and South Main St. Feb 5-7 var­i­ous times quar­terblock­party.com

DUBLIN

Pan Pan re­vives its re­mark­able and evoca­tive in­stal­la­tion, here plac­ing the au­di­ence on the Abbey Theatre’s stage, unit­ing a dis­arm­ingly de­signed space with a care­fully de­tailed recorded per­for­mance of Beck­ett’s ra­dio play. The jour­ney of seventy-some­thing Maddy Rooney to the Boghill Rail­way Sta­tion to col­lect her hus­band is sim­i­larly lay­ered with com­edy, mys­tery and al­lu­sion in di­rec­tor Gavin Quinn’s pro­duc­tion. Abbey Theatre. Feb 11-20 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm (Feb 11 7pm & 9pm only) abbeythe­atre.ie Racon­teur supreme, Peter Sheri­dan, crafts a per­sonal trib­ute to Dublin. Bew­leys Café Theatre @ Pow­er­scourt. Ends Feb 6 1pm (light lunch

be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

Re­vived from last year’s Dublin Theatre Fes­ti­val fam­ily sea­son, Wil­lFredd and the Ark’s new mu­si­cal for young au­di­ences (6+), writ­ten by Mark Do­herty, in­tro­duces us to Mel, a honey bee who loses her colony and dis­cov­ers a swarm of bee-re­lated facts when she goes search­ing for them. Sophie Mot­ley di­rects. The Ark. Sat & Sun from Feb 13 - Mar 13 2pm & 4pm; Mid-Term Tues-Fri Feb 16-19 2pm & 4pm (No show 4pm show Thurs)

(Fam­ily Ticket Schools per­for­mances: Feb 24-Mar 11 10.15am & 12.15pm ark.ie

Druid re­vives its ex­cel­lent 2011 pro­duc­tion of John B Keane’s 1969 play, di­rected by Garry Hynes. Ais­ling O’Sul­li­van re­turns as an in­domitable Ir­ish ma­tri­arch, de­ter­mined to se­cure her fam­ily’s sur­vival and fu­ture at the ex­pense of her chil­dren’s de­sires. Orig­i­nal stars Keith Duffy and John Olohan are joined by Clare Bar­rett, Char­lotte McCurry, Karen McCart­ney and Joan Sheehy. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends Mar 12

0818-719388 gai­etythe­atre.com

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