TUES­DAY 04.07.17

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CLAS­SI­CAL Mairéad Buicke, RTÉ NSO/Gergely Madaras NCH, Dublin 1.05pm ¤12 nch.ie The RTÉ NSO likes to pack its lunchtime con­certs with sure-fire favourites. This helps en­sure good at­ten­dances, but it does also deprive the evening con­certs of its sub­scrip­tion se­ries of the lift pro­vided by some of the most pop­u­lar works ever writ­ten. To­day’s five-star lunchtime of­fer­ings are in the hands of Hun­gar­ian con­duc­tor Gergely Madaras. So­prano Mairéad Buicke sings the Let­ter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene One­gin and the Song to the Moon from Dvo­rak’s Rusalka, framed by Smetana’s bustling Bartered Bride Over­ture and Mus­sorgsky’s at­mo­spheric Night on the Bare Moun­tain. MD THE­ATRE Room Abbey The­atre, Dublin. Ends July 22 7.30pm ¤13-¤42 abbeythe­atre.ie “Is that a true story?” asks Jack on his fifth birth­day, in the room he has been held cap­tive since birth, hear­ing about the dar­ing es­cape of a mer­maid and her am­phib­ian child. “Well,” says Ma, “sto­ries are a dif­fer­ent kind of truth”. That’s a fit­ting de­scrip­tion for Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, in­spired by hor­rif­i­cally real events, but alert to the echoes of trou­bling fairy­tale. For this stage adap­ta­tion, Donoghue fol­lows her re­cent screen­play closely, while di­rec­tor Cora Bis­sett is keen to aug­ment a story of imag­i­na­tion and sur­vival with var­i­ous stage de­vices. Jack, the novel’s in­no­cent nar­ra­tor, is here ac­com­pa­nied by an adult avatar, Big Jack, to con­vey his in­ner mono­logue, a lit­tle need­lessly. Mean­while, Ma’s in­ner tor­ment and re­silience is ex­pressed in songs worthy of a rock mu­si­cal. Th­ese are cu­ri­ously con­ven­tional ex­pres­sions for an un­con­ven­tional story, and the over­all ef­fect, en­hanced by pro­jec­tions of child­like drawings, is to roughly sum­mon a naive per­spec­tive. Things be­come more in­ter­est­ing with their es­cape, into a world of rules and frac­ture. “Most of the world is pre­tend,” rea­sons Jack. The chal­lenge of the pro­duc­tion, as for th­ese sur­vivors, is to rec­on­cile the two. Peter Crawley MU­SIC DOCS Sugar Club Dublin 8pm ¤12.50 the­sug­ar­club.com It’s sum­mer, but some­times you need a breather from the heat, so those good peo­ple at the Sugar Club aim to take the tem­per­a­ture down a notch with this a se­ries of mu­sic-doc screen­ings. Grab a beer, en­joy a free serv­ing of pop­corn, sit back and en­joy the line-up. This week, the docs fea­tured in­clude (tonight) Gimme Dan­ger – The Stooges, by Jim Jar­musch; Eat that Ques­tion – Frank Zappa in his Own Words; and Chas­ing Trane (see be­low). TCL JAZZ Robert Glasper Ex­per­i­ment Whe­lans, Dublin, 8pm, ¤33.50, whe­lanslive.com Mu­sic can be the ul­ti­mate melt­ing pot, but only if mu­si­cians climb out of their genre si­los and, you know, do a bit of melt­ing. By that stan­dard, Texas key­boardist and band­leader Robert Glasper (above) is some­thing of a blast fur­nace. Af­ter a string of well-re­ceived acous­tic jazz al­bums dur­ing the noughties, Glasper made the wider mu­sic world sit up and lis­ten with Black Ra­dio, a grip­pingly creative elab­o­ra­tion of hip-hop which won an R&B Grammy in 2013. Since then, Glasper has pro­duced the mu­sic for Don Chea­dle’s Miles Davis biopic, added an­other Grammy to the shelf, and swung back to­wards jazz with 2016’s Art Sci­ence. CL

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