Best Irish theater offerings for St. Patrick's Day

Photograph by Joan Marcus

Happy St. Patrick's Day! You can either spend the day avoiding hordes of bar-hopping, aggressively cheerful Celtophiles, or you can duck into a theater and enjoy one of many Irish-flavored dramatic offerings the city has to offer. After the jump (and in no particular order), TONY's short list for St. Paddy's Day entertainments.

Bathsheba Doran's cunningly structured relationship drama (pictured above) has a smashing cast and bravura direction by Sam Gold. And it contains three Irish characters and several scenes set in Donegal, Ireland. Sure, there's alcoholism and dysfunctional-family dynamics, but the story doesn't go where you might expect. Get your tickets here.

Arrah-na-Pogue or, the Wicklow Wedding
Storm Theatre and director Peter Dobbins revive Dion Boucicault's 1864 Irish comedy, a jaunty historical romance set during the 1798 Rebellion.

Good People
Mostly set in the working-class neighborhood of South Boston, David Lindsay-Abaire's excellent new play delivers a bittersweet and uncommonly clear-eyed portrait of class divisions within the Irish-American community. Read Adam Feldman's incisive review and then go get tickets.

Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony
Self-described "100 percent Irish Catholic" Griffin has a stand-up show on Broadway that may not be explicitly Celtic in theme, but you can be sure that tonight's act will be full of tasteful observations on drinking, pedophilia and penis size.

Irish writer-performer Raymond Scannell stars in a darkly satirical and occasionally musical one-person play centered on an ace Irish impersonator who returns home to a changed country through this Sunday at the Irish Arts Center.

Project Shaw: Great Catherine and Annajanska, the Wild Grand Duchess

As you should already know, one of Ireland's greatest theatrical heroes has his own monthly series at the Players. Later this month, impresario David Staller presents a double bill of Shaw one-acts about tsarist Russia. Jayne Houdyshell, Hannah Cabell, Richard Easton, Charlotte Parry and Marilyn Sokol are among the cast.

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