head over to Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, 129 Lexington Ave., NYC, this Monday night, Nov. 4, starting at 7 p.m. The house band, Seanchai & the Unity Squad, are celebrating the release of their new album, “I [shamrock] New York.” They’ve been breaking in the new tunes during their live performances over the last few months, and all we can say is, “Conas ata tu?” (We’re not sure what it means, but it’s the name of one of the new songs.) This stuff is seriously addictive. For details, call (212) 725-3871 or visit www.rockysullivans.com.
The Irish Arts Center kicks off its fall season this weekend with a production of Billy Roche’s “Poor Beast in the Rain.” The lyrical play — part of Roche’s Wexford Trilogy — has all the elements that are essential to good drama: romance, a mysterious stranger, a character named Eileen and a subplot involving the All-Ireland hurling final. Previews start Nov. 2. Limited run begins Nov. 13. At 553 West 51st St., NYC. Tickets. (212) 206-1515 or www.smarttix.com.
If you’re looking for fine Irish drama in NYC, there’s an embarrassment of riches this season. Don’t miss venerable actress Pauline Flanagan in Tom Murphy’s “Bailegangaire” at the the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd, St., NYC. Hurry up, though, because this is a limited run and the show ends on Nov. 24. Details, (212) 727-2737.
‘Importance’ of Wilde
We have to confess, we’ve been a rabid fan of Roger Rees since he starred in “Nicholas Nickelby” on Broadway two decades ago. Now, we have even more reason to celebrate — he’s at Lincoln Center, starring in the stage version of “A Man of No Importance.” The musical is based on the 1994 movie of the same name. Rees plays a Dublin bus driver who’s determined to mount a production of Wilde’s “Salome” in 1950s Dublin. It’s a limited run through Dec. 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., NYC. Details, (212) 501-3201