Very tragic mirth
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
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
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
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
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