Very tragic mirth

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - PETER CRAW­LEY

If any of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s plays within a play were go­ing to take on a life of their own, the most un­likely can­di­date may have been A Te­dious Brief Scene of Young Pyra­mus and His Love Thisbe. Very Trag­i­cal Mirth.

There were script prob­lems and creative dif­fer­ences from Ire­land, where the manic rou­tine of two friends is dis­turbed by a pro­found re­al­i­sa­tion and a friend­ship put to an ex­tra­or­di­nary test. Cil­lian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea are the dream cast for writer/direc­tor Walsh. Olympia Theatre. Aug 7-23 tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Crude Me­chan­i­cals

De­vel­oped by direc­tor Karl Quinn and the ex­traor­di­nar­ily gifted comic ac­tor Clare Bar­rett from a short sketch in TEXT|Mes­sages, this piece imag­ines what would hap­pen to a stag­ing of day one. The re­views, in­evitably, were harsh (“The sil­li­est stuff that I ever heard”). But the play, a sus­tained lam­poon of the en­tire pro­fes­sion, has long held a place in the hearts of theatre go­ers and pro­fes­sion­als, who, from Shake­speare down, have seen its clue­less am­bi­tions and slip­shod ex­e­cu­tion and shud­dered, “There, but for the grace of a ca­pa­ble stage man­ager, go I”.

In Crude Me­chan­i­cals, though, all we have is a stage Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream that has lost its cast, leav­ing one be­lea­guered stage man­ager to pull off the show sin­gle handed. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre. Ends Aug 16 1pm 18-112 (lunch 14) be­w­leyscafeth­e­atre.com

The Dead – An Opera

James Joyce’s short story, the con­clud­ing part of Dublin­ers, is given a new op­er­atic treat­ment in a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween writer Tom Swift and mu­si­cian Ellen Cranitch fea­tur­ing four singers and a string quar­tet. Project Arts Cen­tre. Aug 7 8pm Free but man­ager in des­per­ate search of five char­ac­ters. “Is there an ac­tor in the house?” she asks.The speaker, Clare Bar­rett, is the an­swer. A gifted comic ac­tor, she de­liv­ers a vivid dis­play of char­ac­ter dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion and comedic busi­ness with win­ning good hu­mour.

Nei­ther she nor her direc­tor Karl Quinn grant it another level of re­al­ity though: it’s un­clear whether she sum­mons up the oth­ers through ne­ces­sity or en­chant­ment, nor whether

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Fables, Folk­lore & Finn MacCool

Neil Hor­gan per­forms an hour of sto­ry­telling drawn from the he­roes and tales of Ir­ish mythol­ogy. Pow­er­scourt Theatre. Each Thurs­day 1pm un­til Sep 4 110 pow­er­scourt theatre.com

Much Ado About Noth­ing

For­tune’s Fool Pro­duc­tions stage another Shake­spearean com­edy out­doors, this time the ro­man­tic com­edy of bat­tling sexes, de­cep­tions and dis­guises, Much Ado About Noth­ing, set in a mod­ern con­text. Iveagh Gar­dens. Aug 7-17 7pm Ad­mis­sion Free for­tunes­fool­pro­duc­tions.ie

In­spired by the hor­rific rape and fa­tal as­sault of a young woman in New Delhi in 2012, whom the press named Nirb­haya, a new tes­ti­mo­nial work from ac­claimed South African direc­tor Yael Far­ber reaches Ire­land fol­low­ing per­for­mances in Edinburgh, In­dia and Lon­don. Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire. Ends Aug 2 8pm 125/122 (Sat mat 2pm 118) pavil­ionthe­atre.ie

Nirb­haya

Old Flames

Shane Burke’s black com­edy puts the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two sis­ters un­der pres­sure when an ex-boyfriend is hired to paint their house. An­drew Deering di­rects for Run any­thing at all is rid­ing on the out­come of the per­for­mance. A meaner imag­i­na­tion might have stuffed it with timely satire and in-jokes, but this is some­thing gen­tler: a cel­e­bra­tion of per­for­mances that never did run smooth.

Can’TSee ThaT? CaTchThis Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravi­oli

Theatre Up­stairs, Lani­gan’s Bar, Dublin Amok Theatre. The New Theatre. Ends Aug 9 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre.com

Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravi­oli

Saucy Mer­chant stages the de­but play from Andy Gal­lagher, di­rected by Dy­lan Coburn Gray, which fol­lows three young char­ac­ters through the mud, rain and he­do­nism of an out­door mu­sic fes­ti­val full of dis­cov­er­ies. Theatre Up­stairs, Lani­gan’s Bar. Jul 29 - Aug 9 Tues-Sat 1pm Thurs-Sat 7pm the­atreup stairs.ie

Show Boat

The Ham­mer­stein and Kern mu­si­cal from 1927, fea­tur­ing songs and tales of the Amer­i­can South such as Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man, fol­lows 40 years in the life of a Mis­sis­sippi River steamer. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. Ends 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm120- 160 bgeth­e­atre.ie

Tues­days With Mor­rie

CRUDE MECHANCIAL­S Bew­ley’s Café Theatre, Ends Au­gust 16 at 1pm Tick­ets ¤8-¤12 (lunch ¤4) be­w­leyscafeth­e­atre.com

Andy Gal­lagher and Joanna Kelly in Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravi­oli, plays un­til Au­gust 9th at Theatre Up­stairs in Lani­gan’s Bar, Dublin

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