Critics' guide to going out: 27/08/2010
OUT For the Weekend Festival, ilkenny
How better to kick off a hopefully bold weekend than by immersing yourself in a brand new gay pride festival? The frolics kick off tonight with dinner in Café Sol hosted by TranSE and this is followed by the opening performance of the fiesta at Camp Night in the Hibernian Hotel, featuring a drag show by Joanna Ryde, (s)he of the All-Ireland Talent Show.
Tomorrow sees an all-ages afternoon gig in the Set Theatre, with performances by Classic Gas, Alka Jessie and The Thinny Whites, along with a screening ofStand Up: My Best Friend, a film produced by Mark O’Halloran that features interviews with young Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people together with their straight best friends and family.
The night is rounded off with Alternative Night, a show hosted by Victoria De Tampax. Ahem, apologies for dire name. Sunday’s highlights include a drinking game based onThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, followed by The Queer Bash, a 90s disco with DJs Snap, Crackle and Pop.
Saturday, August 28
Bloody Ends, Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Prepare your britches. BloodyEnds will stir even the most cerebral chin-strokers into some loungelizardy grooving with their unique blend of dark, twisted tunes and delicate shadows. Think DeadKennedys, think Joy Division and then forget everything, as this beautifully bedraggled gaggle and their tunes are like nothing you’ve heard before.
Nina plays bass, recycled keyboards and skip paraphernalia. Gillian hits skins in a timely fashion. Paul cranks the lead bass to conjure up the tunes, adds words and dubious dances. Mark sings, adds words and throws funked-up shapes. The following is growing as is the size of their gigs, so catch them now before they explode. Possibly even literally.
Sunday, August 29
The Girl Who Played with Fire, General Release
Like many an eagerly awaited sequel, this follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 Swedish thrillerThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is disappointingly flat and unfocused by comparison. However, it’s still pretty entertaining for the most part, and Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist reprise their roles with aplomb.
Lisbeth Salander returns to Stockholm from her travels when she learns that her odious legal guardian Bjurman is up to no good. When he turns up dead she’s the prime suspect, and while journalist Michael Blomkvist is convinced she’s innocent, he’ll have the devil’s own job proving it.
Less violent than the first film based on Stieg Larsson’s novels,The Girl Who Played with Fire loses its way at times but is still a decent enough thriller to keep you interested until the bitter end.
Monday, August 30
Little Gem,Olympia Theatre, Dublin2
Love, sex, birth, death, dildos and salsa classes: the richly colouful tapestry of life gets played out in this little gem of a play by Elaine Murphy. In this sparkling and surprisingly moving work, interconnected and intercut monologues are delivered by three different generations of the same family.
Amber, the youngest, works in a call centre and has a new boyfriend and fierce indigestion that not even sambuca can shake. Her mother Lorraine is fed up with her life as a shop assistant, attacks a customer and is prescribed salsa dancing as her cure.
And her mother Kay is trying to cope with the reality of her husband Gem suffering a stroke. Murphy has captured life in all its bumpy, unhinged reality and the result is utterly engaging from start to finish, aided and abetted by three strong performances in this acclaimed Guna Nua production.
Tuesday, August 31
Fool for Love, Everyman Theatre, Cork
Eddie and May have a little bit of a dilemma on their hands. In a seedy hotel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, these former lovers are trying to cope with the recent discovery that they are actually half siblings as they share the same father. They have been conducting an impossibly toxic on-off relationship for the past 15 years and now everything has come to a head as their emotions collide in an explosion of love and hate. This bruising and most passionate play by Sam Shepard calls for actors who are prepared to spill their guts on stage. This production by Washington’s Keegan Theatre stars Mark A Rhea as Eddie and Larissa Gallagher as May. And it embarks on a nationwide tour after this Cork outing.
Wednesday, September 1
Guns N’ Roses TheO2, Dublin
Hair metal’s very own Howard Hughes, Axl Rose emerged from a decade of increasingly eccentric exile in 2008. For most of his time away he’d been holed up in studios in LA and New York, working obsessively on Guns N’ Roses much-delayed sixth LP,Chinese Democracy. When it finally saw daylight, the completed record was every bit as bloated, indulgent and overblown as everyone pompous soft rock better than Axl and, assuming you could get your head around its sheer, silly sweep, the project was not without its charms. With the rest of G N’R’s original members long departed (apparently frustrated at Rose’s deepening ego-mania), he is accompanied by a line-up of gifted journeymen. As fans will know, false rumours that Gun N’ Roses’ tour had been cancelled lit up in the internet last week. The story, it quickly emerged, had originated from a hacker who broke into Axl’s Twitter account.
Thursday, September 2
Unseen, Pacino Restaurant, Dublin2
Despite its reputation as a theatre city, Dublin has oddly never managed to sustain a late-night performance scene. That makes the young Company D’s new initiative all the more welcome. Innovative on two fronts, Company D’s Scene Unseen kicks off at 10pm tonight, and is specifically designed to entertain audiences over a meal or a drink. It’s on in Suffolk Street's Pacino restaurant and consists of five 10-minute plays, with 10-minute breaks between them to allow for ordering, going to the bar, or simply digesting the food and the drama. These playlets are based on everyday scenes, with comic twists, and the evening is designed to appeal to regular theatre punters and non-theatre goers alike. The value is good too, with tickets €10, and a €20 meal deal including two drinks and two tapas.
More info on Company D’s Facebook page.