Razor sharp play to focus on fallout of the Boom at Limerick's Lime Tree

BOOM? Claudia Carroll, Isobel Mahon, Rose Henderson and Karen Egan in the play, which takes to the Lime Tree stage this Friday night for one night only

BOOM? Claudia Carroll, Isobel Mahon, Rose Henderson and Karen Egan in the play, which takes to the Lime Tree stage this Friday night for one night only

A COMEDY set at the top of the so-called economic ‘boom’ comes to the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday night.

BOOM? by actress and playwright Isobel Mahon and directed by Caroline FitzGerald opens in the 510-seater venue this Friday night ahead of a six month run with an American cast off-Broadway in New York.

An entirely female operation - cast, director, producer, and stage manager - the off-Broadway run is a major coup for Glenroe and The Clinic actress Mahon, who herself features in the play, along with a starry cast of Claudia Carroll from Fair City, Rose Henderson, also of Fair City and Father Ted fame, Maria McDermottroe, Glenroe and Killinaskully and Karen Egan of singing-comedy group The Nualas.

A comedy-drama about the impact of the boom on the central character Selma Mae - Mahon herself - her relationships and her family, it is billed as “a hilarious, touching and bitter sweet evening of drama and comedy from a fantastic cast”.

“This is a play for anyone who ever had a bad hair day, may never own a helicopter and knows the difference between an abstract sculpture and a bicycle helmet,” says the accompanying press material, while reviews have hailed it as a “comedy which is light and fun but packs a razor sharp edge”.

BOOM? takes place in the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday, November 17. See www.limetreetheatre.ie.