THE­ATRI­CAL HY­BRID

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - PC

The Sec­ond Vi­olin­ist Black Box The­atre, Gal­way, July 26-30 7pm (Sat mat 2pm) ¤32-¤40 giaf.ie

Fol­low­ing Enda Walsh and Don­nacha Den­nehy’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion on an opera, 2015’s The Last Ho­tel, the writer and com­poser com­bine forces again for an­other hy­brid pro­duc­tion, staged by Land­mark Pro­duc­tions and Wide Open Opera. Where the first show found room for the ac­tor Mikel Murfi to scut­tle through an opera like an en­ter­tain­ing in­truder, the new show finds an opera erupt­ing around ac­tor Aaron Mon­aghan (right), who plays a fail­ing mu­si­cian, re­cently and cat­a­stroph­i­cally sin­gle, buf­feted be­tween the quo­tid­ian dig­i­tal dis­trac­tions, plead­ing voice mes­sages and dark­en­ing fan­tasies of his life in con­tem­po­rary Dublin. What is his re­la­tion­ship, then, to the las­civ­i­ous and vi­o­lent opera that comes to life: is he watcher or par­tic­i­pant? And can we dig­i­tal slaves find our al­ter-egos in high art, or does this ba­nal ex­is­tence have to play sec­ond fid­dle?

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