Improbable Frequency

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$60.00; $42.00 59E59 Members

About This Show

This hugely entertaining and successful musical comedy, Improbable Frequency — winner of three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Director — is a joyous surreal satire that lifts the lid on Ireland’s beloved neutrality and cuts to the heart of the tempestuous affair with its nearest neighbor – England!

While war rages across Europe, Dublin revels in its knife-edge neutrality as the fledgling Irish Free State tries to remain open for business. A hotbed of political and cultural bohemians, the city is host to a volatile mixture of exiled intellectuals, literary bar- lizards, British spies and Nazi sympathizers.

When coded messages, broadcast during an Irish radio-requests show, draw the attention of the British, a young code breaker called Tristram Faraday is sent across the Irish Sea to investigate. His enquiries lead him into a series of deeply improbable encounters, where the truth is more improbable than anyone could have imagined.

There are subversive agents to placate, comely maidens to seduce, and a plot fizzing with deals, capers and extraordinary war-time conspiracies. The show features book and lyrics by Arthur Riordan and music by Bell Helicopter, and is directed by Rough Magic Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: December 4, 2008 Final Performance: January 4, 2009
Location: 59E59 Theaters, New York City

59 E 59th St,

New York,


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Theatermania Review

| | December 5, 2008
This darlin’ musical about an Irish spy during World War II is best suited to well-versed intellectuals.