The wages of sin

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RISEANDFAL­L OF THECITYOF MA­HAGONNY Olympia Theatre, Dublin Jun 13-22 €20-¤75tick­et­mas­

A truck breaks down in the mid­dle of nowhere. Its three oc­cu­pants – Leo­ca­dia Beg­bick, Fatty the Book­keeper and Trin­ity Moses – are fugi­tives, wanted for fraud and slave trad­ing. They had in­tended to pur­sue the gold rush, but the mid­dle of nowhere brings ad­van­tages: no cops or rules, and brisk traf­fic from nearby gold fields. So they de­cide to build a city de­voted to the lusty

New com­pany Lit­tle Soul stage Evan Placey’s drama about sex­u­al­ity, shame and tech­nol­ogy. When a naked pho­to­graph of a young woman, Scar­lett, goes vi­ral, she stays silent while ev­ery­one else forms an opin­ion. The New Theatre Jun 16-21 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­

See Cork. Vicar St Jun 13 8pm 125 tick­et­mas­

Katie O’Kelly per­forms Donal O’Kelly’s one-per­son show about the year James Joyce wrote Ulysses, as seen through the eyes of the son of a con­tem­po­rary Dublin stall­holder. Na­tional Li­brary Jun 16 3pm/7pm, Jun 17 7pm 110


ap­petites of plea­sure seek­ers – gam­bling, whor­ing, fight­ing and drink­ing – and call it Ma­hagonny, or “spi­der web”. But even those economies may rise as well as fall.

So be­gins Ber­tolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s opera, writ­ten be­tween 1927 and 1929, which satirises cap­i­tal­ism and opera it­self. It’s a sub­ver­sive choice, then, for the Sky Arts en­dowed co-pro­duc­tion be­tween Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Com­pany, which cre­ates Ma­hagonny in post-cri­sis Dublin by build­ing Brecht’s Sin City (orig­i­nally made from card­board) out of the fab­ric of the Olympia it­self. Ar­chi­tects Sheila O’Don­nell con­di­tions. Project Arts Cen­tre. Pre­view Jun 17 Opens Jun 18-21 8.15pm pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Girls Like That

High Heels in Low Places

James Joyce’s Dublin­ers

As part of Blooms­day, Won­der­land pre­sents its morn­ing guided bi­cy­cle tour through the streets and his­toric build­ings of Dublin in which the sto­ries take place. Meet at Café Rothar, Fade St Jun 14 3pm, Jun15-16 10am €29.99 (incl meal and bike hire), €24.99 (with own bike) Also Chapeli­zod Lit­er­ary Pub Crawl, Mullingar House Inn Jun 15 4pm €15/€13.50 en­ter­tain­

The Mad­man and the Nun

Enigma stages avant-garde Pol­ish writer Stanis­law Ig­nacy Witkiewicz’s proto-ab­sur­dist play. Thrown to­gether in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion, a nun and a dan­ger­ous pa­tient probe at ideas of in a place just out­side the mar­gins of re­al­ity. Smock Al­ley Theatre Ends Jun 13 Ain­drias de Staic per­forms the ad­ven­tures and am­bi­tions of a young man from a west of Ire­land town who excels at mu­sic but would rather play Gaelic foot­ball for his town. Sea­mus Ennis Cen­tre Jun 14 8.30pm 113 sea­musen­nis­cen­

The Gai­ety’s an­nual John B Keane sea­son be­gins with his com­edy set in a ru­ral pres­bytery in Kerry, where three self-in­ter­ested priests search for a house­keeper. If that sounds mist­ily sim­i­lar to Fr Ted, Frank Kelly ap­pears as the Bishop to se­cure the con­nec­tion in a cast in­clud­ing Des Keogh, Mary McEvoy and Clare Bar­rett. David Ho­ran di­rects. Gai­ety Theatre Un­til Jun 21 from 122.50 gai­etythe­


Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Com­pany co-pro­duce the Brecht and Weill opera, with the as­sis­tance of the Sky Arts Ig­ni­tion award, about the cre­ation of a gangsta’s par­adise that de­volves into chaos and vi­o­lence. Olympia Theatre, Dublin Un­til Jun 22 120-175 tick­et­mas­

The Se­cret of Q

Ten-year-old M has never been out­side her home due to the rules of her safe­ty­cau­tious town. But when her grand­fa­ther dis­ap­pears one day she goes out on an ad­ven­ture in Dutch com­pany Het Fil­i­aal’s pup­pet and multimedia show for chil­dren. Draiocht Arts Cen­tre, Blan­chard­stown Jun 19 10am/ 12.15pm 16/15

The Sep­a­ra­tion

and John Tuomey have worked to spin the theatre on its axis, min­gling au­di­ence and per­form­ers, ex­pos­ing stage and au­di­to­rium, and build­ing up so­ci­ety, vice and per­for­mance at en­tic­ingly close range.

Like Brecht’s imag­ined city, it’s an am­bi­tious un­der­tak­ing with a short ex­is­tence (just six per­for­mances). Get en­tan­gled be­fore Ma­hagonny is shut down again.

Rise and Fall of the City Ma­hagonny can’TseeThaT?caTchThis A Dan­ger Man/Some Baf­fling Mon­sters

Project Arts Cen­tre, Dublin

The Man from Moogaga

The de­but pro­duc­tion from Pix­i­lated, a new Lon­don/Dublin com­pany formed by writer Richard Molloy and ac­tor Su­san Stan­ley, is a stag­ing of Molloy’s first play. Set dur­ing the run-up to Ire­land’s di­vorce ref­er­en­dum in 1995, it tells of a dis­in­te­grat­ing Dublin fam­ily. Project Arts Cen­tre Ends Jun 14 8.15pm 115/112 pro­jec­tarts cen­

This Dublin Fringe hit – a charm­ing and whirling mul­ti­ple­role-play two-han­der about dancing, brav­ery and love, per­formed by Janet Mo­ran and Steve Blount – re­turns for a na­tional tour. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre Un­til Jun 21 1pm be­w­leyscafeth­e­; Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown Jun 13-14 8pm 116/112



Mac­dara Ó Fátharta, who plays Ros na Rún’s vil­lain­ous bar­man, makes his Beck­et­tian de­but in Gabriel Rosen­stock’s Ir­ish-lan­guage trans­la­tion of Krapp’s Last Tape for Mouth on Fire. The New Theatre Ends Jun 14 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre. com

Sickle Moon stages its sec­ond show as com­pany in res­i­dence at Theatre Up­stairs, writ­ten by Jeda de Brí and Finbarr Doyle. A woman run­ning for elec­tion to Dáil Eire­ann must deal with com­pli­ca­tions in her per­sonal life as she pre­pares for a crit­i­cal na­tional in­ter­view. Theatre Up­stairs, Lani­gan’s Bar Jun 17-28 1pm Tues-Sat (& 7pm Thurs-Sat) the­atre­up­

Téip Dheire­anach Krapp


Iso­bel Ma­hon and Rose Hen­der­son per­form Ger Gal­lagher’s com­edy about love, life and di­et­ing. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Jun 14 1pm 112/110 millthe­

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