Everything Irish; Critic's choice: Theater


'Tis the time of the Irish at area theaters. "A Couple of Blaguards," a comedy by brothers Frank ("Angela's Ashes") and Malachy ("A Monk Swimming") McCourt is the first of two Irish-themed shows at Ford's Theatre in Washington. The second, "Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland," an evening of music, dance and storytelling, runs Nov. 2-14.

Meanwhile, Washington's Kennedy Center has launched a multidisciplinary festival titled "Island: The Art of Ireland," with the American premiere of Lennox Robinson's domestic comedy, "The Whiteheaded Boy," produced by Barabbas... a company of Dublin, Ireland. And Rep Stage of Columbia opens its season Thursday with "Translations," Brian Friel's drama about language, love and politics in a 19th-century village.

"A Couple of Blaguards" continues through Oct. 31 at Ford's, 511 Tenth St. N.W., Washington, followed by "Siamsa Tire." Tickets to each show are $27-$43; call 202-347-4833. "The Whiteheaded Boy" runs through Thursday at Kennedy Center. Tickets are $45; call 800-444-1324. "Translations" will be presented Thursday through Oct. 10 at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $6-$19; call 410-772-4900.

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