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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 1, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    If you only do one thing this weekend . . .

    Laurence Mackin

    Watch: Any amount of plays in the Dublin Theatre Festival. Most of the reports I’ve read of Circa have been more glowing than a bucket of sunshine. Rough Magic will be weaving it’s spell with Phaedra this weekend, and Lynne Parker’s production is already generating plenty of buzz in these here media parts. Theatre stalwarts Pan Pan have an intriguing piece called The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane, where three actors audition for the role of Hamlet and it’s up to the punters in the stalls to decide who gets the gig. B for Baby is proving controversial, and I’ve only heard really positive or really negative reviews. And if Polish theatre at its finest is what floats your boat, then look no further than T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T.

    Your gorgeous – now get out there and act

    As with the Dublin Fringe Festival, The Irish Times theatre critics will be working their critical fingers to the bone in the next few weeks, and we’ll be keeping you updated here, so check back for updates, gossip and those ever divisive reviews.

    Check out: It’s all happening in the capital this weekend, make no mistake about it. As if the DTF isn’t enough to contend with, Offset 2010 is invading the Grand Canal Theatre. This three-day festival of creative talent puts illustrators, artists, filmmakers, writers, designers, movers, shakers and other ne’er do wells under one roof and lets you get to grips with their creative impulses. This is one of those events where you can get out of it as much as you put in, so if you work, dabble or involve yourself in any creative formats, have a think about going along. It’ll do your brain good. Tickets are not cheap but it could be a worthwhile investment in your creative future.

    Read: There is nothing original about this entry, but when there is a bona fide moment happening in the international arts world, sometimes you have to just join in with the mob. So get your hands on a copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. He’s in town this weekend to speak as part of the Dun Laoghaire Library Voices series, but good luck getting a ticket as it’s more sold out than a member of Metallica. He’s being called the finest author of his (and that means your) generation, so find out why. You never know, you might bump into him around town and think of the fun you could have accosting him on the finer points of chapter three. Or you could just get him to sign the thing. Unless you’ve bought is as an e-book. Progress, eh?

    So that’s what we’ll be hoping to get on top of this weekend. If you have your own suggestions, feel free to throw them into the cultural melting pot below. And how about a a little tune to get feet tapping in time to the beckoning weekend? Certainly sir. This is Waterford outfit O Emperor’s December, taking from their newly released album Hither Tither, which is really rather good indeed (and got a fine upstanding review in today’s Ticket – you can read it here). But don’t take our word for it. Have a click and let your ears make up your mind for you.

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