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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT - Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

BELFAST

Here Comes the Night Rose­mary Jenk­in­son’s new play, com­mis­sioned by the Lyric, takes place in East Belfast in 1966, where a fam­ily want a safe haven for their soon to be born baby, and 2016, where a new fam­ily want a com­fort­able life while the shadow of the past threat­ens to in­vade their home. Lyric The­atre. Ends May 14 7.45pm (Sat & Sun 2.30pm) £15-£24.50 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

CARE Wil­lFredd The­atre re­vives this in­tel­li­gent and imag­i­na­tive show about hos­pice care for an Ir­ish tour. Us­ing move­ment, live mu­sic and text drawn from daily life among staff, So­phie Mot­ley di­rects mu­si­cians and fel­low per­form­ers through an il­lu­mi­nat­ing and mov­ing pro­duc­tion. The MAC May 12 7.45pm £25/£12 themaclive.com

Tur­tle Punched­can­vas present James Johnon’s new play, about the Hen party of en­gaged cou­ple Lily and Aubrey, and the sis­ter who crashes the party bring­ing shat­ter­ing se­crets of the past. The Bar­racks. May 7-8 5.30pm & 8pm £7 cqaf.com

CORK

Elvis is my Daddy Hap­py­bag Pro­duc­tions stage John Mur­phy’s play about Lana Lavelle, a one-time Las Ve­gas star who re­turned to Ire­land to raise two daugh­ters. Ru­moured to have had an af­fair with The King, she de­cides to make her come­back with her daugh­ters in tow. Mark Lam­bert di­rects. Every­man The­atre. Ends May 7 8pm 128/126 ev­ery­man­cork.com

Un­der­neath Pat Kinevane’s third solo show for Fisham­ble, di­rected by Jim Cul­leton, is a blackly comic tale nar­rated from be­yond - and within - the grave by an ami­able woman who sought a richer life than a world of sur­face. White Horse. May 12 115 whitehorse.ie

DUBLIN

The Big Fel­low Based on Frank O’Con­nor’s bi­og­ra­phy of Michael Collins, De­clan Gor­man’s new play casts Ger­ard Ad­lum as O’Con­nor and Cil­lian O’Gairbhi as Collins to present the rise of the mil­i­tary leader from GPO vol­un­teer to Free State fighter, as seen through the eyes of his bi­og­ra­pher. Also Kilkenny and Westmeath. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Ends May 7 8pm

115/112 smock­alley.com

Bo­tox An­gels Am­s­ter­dam’s Dood Part re­turn to Dublin with a fem­i­nist les­bian re­la­tion­ship com­edy about mil­i­tant fe­male sex­u­al­ity. Con­tain­ing or­gies, di­a­logues on so­cial forces, philo­soph­i­cal con­structs and per­for­mance art re-en­act­ments of Yoko Ono, Ma­rina Abramovic and Melanie Bon­ajo. As part of the In­ter­na­tional Dublin Gay The­atre Fes­ti­val. Teach­ers Club, Par­nell Sq. Ends May 7 9pm 115/113 gaythe­atre.ie

The Ceme­tery Club Ivan Menchell’s play is a com­edy of three New York Jewish wi­d­ows who meet once a month to visit their hus­bands’ graves. Staged by St Pa­trick Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Pavil­ion The­atre, Dun Laoghaire. May 11-14 8pm 118/115 pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

Chicago Crime and cabaret fold into each other with se­duc­tive re­sults in this en­dur­ing mu­si­cal from Kan­der, Ebb and Fosse, set in 1920s Chicago. John Par­tridge plays the lawyer Billy Flynn, Hay­ley Ta­mad­don is the guilty-as-sin Roxie Hart and Sam Bai­ley is the prison diva Mama Mor­ton. Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre. May 12-21 7.30pm (Thurs & Sat mat 2.30pm) 125 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

Driv­ing Miss Daisy Be­fore it was a movie, Al­fred Uhry’s story be­gan life on the stage to de­pict a 25 year re­la­tion­ship be­tween an el­derly white Jewish woman and her African Amer­i­can driver in the Amer­i­can South, and a friend­ship de­vel­oped dur­ing the ad­vance of the civil rights era. Gwen Tay­lor and Ernest Perry Jr play the leads, with Si­mon De­laney as Daisy’s son Boolie. Gai­ety The­atre. Pre­views un­til May 9 Opens May 10-28 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) from 121 gai­etythea- tre.ie

Good Evening Mr Collins Padraic McIn­tyre di­rects a new pro­duc­tion of Tom MacIn­tyre’s 1995 play about Michael Collins and Ea­mon De Valera’s re­la­tion­ship, fea­tur­ing Darren Killeen and Matthew O’Brien as the di­vided Ir­ish lead­ers. Hawk­swell The­atre. May 7 120/118 hawk­swell.com

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Os­car Michael Judd per­forms an edited ver­sion of Micheál MacLi­ammóir’s one-man show from the 1960s, a paean to the work and wit of Os­car Wilde. Bew­leys Café The­atre @ Pow­er­scourt Town­house. Ends May 14 1pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com

In­hab­i­tance Glass Doll Pro­duc­tions re­unite writer Peter Dunne and di­rec­tor Ro­nan Phe­lan for the fol­low up to the com­pany’s widely hailed play Broad­en­ing. This thriller, about a mother’s quest to find her long-miss­ing child, won­ders about ideas of self­less­ness when the ef­fort to make the pub­lic con­nect with the child’s story strays to­wards mass en­ter­tain­ment. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 14 8.15pm 116/114 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

In­ter­na­tional Dublin Gay The­atre Fes­ti­val The sec­ond week of the an­nual event in­cludes Canadian mono­logue play Erect But Un­sta­ble (May 9-14, 7.30pm); two plays from London’s King’s Head The­atre, the erotic sto­ries of Fuck­ing Men (May 9-14, 7.30pm) and real tes­ti­mony of 5 Guys Chillin’ (May 9-14, 9pm); Ir­ish re­la­tion­ship drama Re­mem­ber Me (May 9-14, 7.30pm); and Away From Home (May 9-14, 9pm), about a tryst be­tween a male es­cort and a Pre­mier­ship foot­baller. Var­i­ous venues. Fes­ti­val ends May 14 gaythe­atre.ie

Maloney’s Dream/ Bri­onglóid Maloney Bra­nar Téatar do Pháistí present a new bi-lin­gual show, in­cor­po­rat­ing phys­i­cal the­atre and pup­petry. Also Gal­way and Kil­dare. Axis, Bal­ly­mun. May 6 10am & 12pm, May 7 12pm 17/15 ax­is­bal­ly­mun.ie

Meet the Quare Fel­low Broth­ers Jim and Peter Sheri­dan col­lab­o­rate for the first time in many years for a work based on the life of Bren­dan Be­han, a touch­stone for both, drawn from his mem­oir Borstal Boy. Gary Cooke, Ryan An­drews and An­drew Murray per­form, di­rected by Peter Sheri­dan. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends May 21 8pm 115/110 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

North­ern Star Rough Magic stage Ste­wart Parker’s dense, play­ful and ref­er­en­tial play from 1984. On the eve of his ex­e­cu­tion, Henry Joy McCracken, one of the rebels of the 1798 Ris­ing, watches his life un­furl through seven ages of man, and in the styles of seven canon­i­cal Ir­ish writers from Sheri­dan to Beck­ett. Lynne Parker di­rects a cast that in­cludes Paul Mal­lon, Eleanor Methven, Rory Nolan, Ali White and Char­lotte McCurry. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends May 7 8pm pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

The Olive Tree Katie O’Kelly per­forms her new play, di­rected by Davey Kelle­her, a piece of magic re­al­ism in which a jaded su­per­mar­ket worker rips a boy­cott sticker from a bot­tle of olive oil and a Pales­tinian olive tree of his­tory springs up be­fore her. The New The­atre. Ends May 7 7.30pm 112.50 the­newthe­atre.com

Othello Joe Dowling re­turns to the Abbey to di­rect Shake­speare’s tragedy of the Moor of Venice, driven to jeal­ous rage through the ma­nip­u­la­tions of his de­monic at­ten­dant Iago. Con­ceived as a “con­tem­po­rary thriller” this pro­duc­tion casts Peter Ma­con as Othello, Marty Rea as Iago and Re­becca O’Mara as Des­de­mona. Abbey The­atre. Pre­views un­til May 10 Opens May 11 - Jun 11 7.30pm 113-145 abbeythe­atre.ie

Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walk­ing The tire­less Sea­mus O’Rourke per­forms his own one-man show for di­rec­tor Char­lie McGuin­ness. Dol­men The­atre, Cor­nelscourt. May 9-19 8pm 112 dol­menthe­atre.ie

Silent Pat Kinevane’s ac­com­plished and widely-toured one-man per­for­mance for Fisham­ble, one part whimsy to two parts acid, vis­its an­other re­ceiv­ing venue. The home­less Valentino, with silent movie idol looks, re­call the many sui­cide at­tempts of his brother, Pearse. Draiocht, Blan­chard­stown. May 7 8pm 118/116 draiocht.ie

Strolling Through Ulysses Robert Go­gan per­forms his one-man ver­sion of Joyce’s novel. The Stag’s Head. Sun­days 1pm & 7pm 110 eventbrite.ie

Sun­der Anu Pro­duc­tions de­liver the first in­stal­ment of their highly an­tic­i­pated new trip­tych. Fo­cussing on the last hours of the Up­ris­ing, it fol­lows the evac­u­a­tion of the GPO to 10

Moore Street, where the sto­ries of the rebels merged into those of civil­ians, and the fi­nal sur­ren­der. Per­for­mances and in­stal­la­tions in the sig­nif­i­cant venue pro­pel au­di­ences from 2016 into the tense fi­nal hours of a cen­tury ago. 10 Moore St. Ends May 7 118/115 anupro­duc­tions.ie

Tina’s Idea of Fun A new play by Sean P. Sum­mers (né McLough­lin), set against the back­drop of Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s first visit to Dublin, finds Hilda Fay play­ing Tina, a woman stag­ing a post-protest party which brings out the worst in every­one. Con­all Mor­ris­son di­rects a cast in­clud­ing Ruth He­garty and An­drew Con­nolly. Abbey The­atre, Pea­cock. Ends May 14 8pm 113-125 abbeythe­atre.com

Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf? See Pick of the Week, p14. Gate The­atre. Ends Jun 11 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) Mon & Mats 127, Tues-Thurs 134, Fri-Sat 137.50 gate-the­atre.ie

GAL­WAY

Alice M Guer­rilla Aerial tell the story of Alice Mil­li­gan, a 19th cen­tury play­wright and ac­tivist through aerial dance, improv and phys­i­cal the­atre. Se­cret lo­ca­tion (see box of­fice for de­tails). Ends May 7 8pm 112/110 gal­waythe­atre­fes­ti­val.com

Maloney’s Dream/ Bri­onglóid Maloney See Dublin. Clif­den Sta­tion House. May 10 mal­oneys­dream.ie

CARE See Belfast. Town Hall May 6 8pm 115/112 tht.ie

The Lit­tle and Large Ex­pe­ri­ence Moth & But­ter­fly tell a story in two parts: Lit­tle is a se­ries of sto­ries im­pro­vised and recorded by the com­pany, and heard in a room in Fish­eries’ Tower as the river rushes by. Large, in­spired by au­di­ence sug­ges­tions, takes place live in Cloonacauneen Cas­tle the fol­low­ing Fri­day. Fish­eries Tower. Ends May 7 gal­waythe­atre­fes­ti­val.com

KIL­DARE

Lan­guage of the Mute Nov­el­ist Jack Harte’s first drama finds a re­union of for­mer friends, where a charis­matic teacher - a sup­porter of fun­da­men­tal­ist re­pub­li­can­ism who con­cealed a his­tory of sex­ual abuse - is con­fronted by his for­mer pupils. Ques­tions are asked, si­lences bro­ken and a choice must be made be­tween jus­tice and re­venge. Liam Hal­li­gan di­rects. River­bank Arts Cen­tre, New­bridge. May 7 8pm 118/116 river­bank.ie

KILKENNY

The Big Fel­low See Dublin. Water­gate The­atre. May 13 wa­ter­gateth­e­atre.com

SLIGO

Sto­ries, Po­etry and Dreams Charm­ing for­mer RTE news­reader and psy­cho­an­a­lyst Michael Mur­phy now reads other things, such as ex­cerpts from his books and po­etry. This ir­reg­u­lar per­for­mance fea­tures guests Emer O’Kelly, Ea­monn Lawlor and Eileen Dunne and Ciana Camp­bell. Hawk­swell The­atre. May 7 120/118 hawk­swell.com

WESTMEATH

The Big Fel­low See Dublin. Mullingar Arts Cen­tre. May 11-12 mullingararts­cen­tre.ie

WICKLOW

The Blue Boy The in­no­va­tive Bro­kentalk­ers restage one of their most im­pas­sioned and som­bre piece of work, com­bin­ing chore­og­ra­phy, live mu­sic, recorded in­ter­views and multi-me­dia to un­ravel a his­tory of child abuse in Ir­ish in­dus­trial schools. Mermaid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. May 7 8pm 118/116 mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie

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