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Dublin, Ireland

DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Continuing its centennial celebration, the Abbey Theatre takes center stage at this year's Dublin Theatre Festival, mounting seven iconic Abbey works, including The Dandy Dolls by George Fitzmaurice, Purgatory by W.B. Yeats and Riders to the Sea by J.M. Synge. Gary Hynes and the Druid company continue their project of mounting all of Synge's plays in 18 months by staging two of his comedies, The Wells of the Saints and The Tinker's Wedding. Hot off raves in the West End, Conor McPherson's latest, Shining City, will be co-produced by the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court. Declan Donnellan's Cheek by Jowl company will be on hand with Othello. Two preeminent American companies will also take part in the festival: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, with Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Laurie Metcalfe, and the Guthrie Theater's Death of a Salesman, directed by Joe Dowling--marking the first time the Miller play has been seen in Dublin since Dowling's own 1986 production. (THRU OCT; www.dublintheatrefestival.com)

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Rome, Italy

ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL: This year's edition of Rome's cutting-edge performance festival includes Michael Laun's The Biography Remix, which tackles the personal and artistic life of Marina Abramovic, one of the founders of performance art. The Great War, from Rotterdam collective Hotel Modern, is a firsthand account of World War I told through miniature figures on a model-sized set. Emma Dante's Vita Mia is a deathwatch without a person dying, a mysterious family drama taking place around an ominously empty bed. William Yang's Sadness also takes death as its subject, as Yang shares personal reflections and photographic images chronicling the suicide of his uncle and the tragedy of AIDS. Undesirable Elements, from Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks, is an intercultural docudrama featuring six non-actors of vastly different backgrounds. (THRU NOV 28; www.romaeuropa.net)

London, England

ROYAL COURT THEATRE: The Royal Court's fall season kicks off with the latest play from Blue/Orange author Joe Penhall: Dumbshow, starring Rupert Graves, Douglas Hodge and Anna Maxwell, who is best known for her Lyra in the National Theatre's His Dark Materials. Claire Pollard's The Weather concerns a young girl coping with an ineffectual father, a cocktail-swigging mother and her own personal poltergeist. In Forty Winks, the newest play from My Night with Reg writer Kevin Elyot, an older man finds the spitting image of the long-lost love of his youth in the face of a 14-year-old girl. (THRU DEC; 20.7565.5000; www.royalcourttheatre.com)

Toronto, Canada

TARRAGON THEATRE: This leading home for new work in Toronto opens its season with Oren Safdie's Private Jokes, Public Places, which returns to Canada after a successful Off-Broadway run. No Great Mischief is David Young's adaptation of Alistair MacLeod's novel charting the story of the Clan MacDonald, who left Scotland in 1779 to start a new life on Cape Breton Island. In David McFarlane's Fishwrap, a once-in-demand freelance writer suddenly "can't get 500 words on bathroom fixtures in the Real Estate section." Workshopped last year at Theatre Passe Muraille, Half Life reacquaints us with the mind of Possible Worlds scribe John Mighton; in his first play in 10 years, two nursing home residents try to rekindle what might have been a wartime romance--if they can actually remember it. (THRU MAY; 416.531.1827; www.tarragontheatre.com)

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Title Annotation:Global Spotlight
Author:Sampson, Benjamin W.
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Calendar
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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