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Monday 11 December 2017

7 Days & 7 Nights: A critics guide to going out

Angels in America, Peacock Theatre, Dublin

Sophie Gorman

Don't worry, this is not quite the entire Tony Kushner award-winning epic, which lasts about a fortnight. Instead, Kildare's Silken Thomas Players are presenting part one of the two-parter, subtitled 'Millennium Approaches'.

Penned back in 1993 when the Millennium looked like it was going to be more life-changing than it proved, this socially important play explores aspects of American life against the backdrop of the Aids crisis that was sweeping the world in the 80s. It is receiving a rare outing here in this most ambitious production that runs until tomorrow night.



Prince, Malahide Castle

Much like the Waterford hurling team, Prince's record in Croke Park has been one of crushing disappointment. In 2008, fans of the Purple One -- that's Prince, not Davey Fitzgerald fresh from a half-time pep talk -- were looking forward to seeing pop's last true deity rock the northside bowl with a greatest-hits show. But the date never happened, resulting in unhappy punters and a great deal of acrimony. The good news is he's finally back, bringing his whizz bang 'best of' concert to the scenic, if vaguely off the beaten track, environs of Malahide Castle. An artist for whom creative freedom has often been a byword for bloated indulgence this past decade, Prince has trimmed the fat from his latest set, promising a near three-hour blitzkrieg of some of the greatest funk-pop ever committed to tape. Assuming the rain holds off, it's hard not to suspect one of the performances of the year awaits, especially with the fabulous Hypnotic Brass Ensemble opening. Of course, given the nosebleed ticket prices, it would want to be.



Captain America: The First Avenger, General Release

One could grow weary of these endless Marvel Comic action films, but Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger approaches a familiar concept with a certain amount of imagination, charm and wit. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers, a WW2-era weakling whose inner courage is spotted by a scientist who transforms him into the strapping and unerringly decent Captain America. A very fine supporting cast includes Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving, who plays a satisfyingly nasty Nazi villain. It's all a bit Raiders of the Lost Ark in a way, but nothing terribly wrong with that, and, overall, Captain America is one of the most entertaining of the Marvel movies to date.


Snatch Comedy, The Roundy Bar, Cork

Mondays can be a little bit tricky. You're tired, emotional and everyone's talking too loud. What's more, there are a full five days until the next weekend. Well, not today. This week is a bank holiday, which means another day of debauchery and whatever you're having yourself. Why not forget all your troubles and laugh yourself silly at this weekly comedy improv session upstairs in this Cork city bar? Prepare your best heckles, don't sit in the front row and expect the unexpected.



Set in Stone, Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Who knew that everything was going down in the Limerick town of Kilmallock? This action-packed dramatic carnival will take you on a whistle-stop tour through Kilmallock's colourful history from 1569 to the present, including fierce faction fighting, the scandalous Lola Montez and the Bulgaden Gold Rush. Written and directed by John Sheehy, this is presented by CallBack Theatre. History isn't always so entertaining.



The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Academy, Dublin 2

Gotta love a good Wikipedia description. Apparently, The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American mathcore (?) band from New Jersey that originated after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio, and they derived their name from the convicted bank robber John Dillinger. We promise to brush up on our mathcore before tonight's delightfully light and breezy gig.



Forty Four, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2

Although we did see Nick Munier splashing about with paint in the TV3 reality show Nick's Bistro, most of that was going on the walls of his new restaurant Pichet rather than on canvases. But Munier has quite the artistic sensibility, as confirmed by the visual feasts that emerge from his kitchen, and a new exhibition of his very colourful abstract paintings will open tonight. The title of the show is easily explained as today is actually his birthday, yes, his 44th birthday.


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