“The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer,” a one-woman comedy about Irish identity, will be performed on St. Patrick’s Day at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17th at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

The comedy, presented by the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series and Fomenting Arts Unlimited Incorporated, asks what it means to be Irish, what it means if you don’t want to be, and what if you’re labeled an Irish wannabe, a playhouse spokesperson says.

The show features playwright/performer M·ire Clerkin, who moved to California in 2003 from London. “The Bad Arm” has tales of the disappointing daughter of an Irish dance school mistress, ugly duckling syndrome, cultural confusion, and a life dedicated to work avoidance.

Clerkin is the founder of The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks Irish Dance Theatre. She has created five award-winning choreodramas for Irish Dance Academies since 2006.

Dan O’Conner, director of “The Bad Arm,” is co-founder of Impro Theatre and co-director for Jane Austen UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted.

Tickets are $17. To purchase tickets, (310) 304-7997, ext. 1 or http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/.

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