The Wa­ter Or­chard

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Project Arts Cen­tre. July 18-29 7.30pm ¤20/¤16 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie To look at the poster for the new show from Col­laps­ing Horse, where the ti­tle erupts in psy­che­delic curls from the prim fig­ure of a woman from a more dis­tant his­tory, you might get the sense that a Chekhov play had been staged by a com­pany on LSD. (That ac­tu­ally sounds like some­thing The Wooster Group would do.) The truth isn’t too far off, though: The Wa­ter Or­chard of its ti­tle hasn’t been pro­duc­tive in years, leav­ing an es­tate bar­ren, open to more en­er­getic takeover by ma­raud­ing fools and hammy ac­tors, while its owner, Old Madeleine, has been spir­ited away to be in­ter­ro­gated about her life by a sen­tient pro­jec­tor. Writer and co-di­rec­tor (with Dan Col­ley) Eoghan Quinn’s new com­edy takes a sur­real look at the winds of change. Ideas like that, much like wa­ter, don’t grow on trees.

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