Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical: Disaster Film Parody Returns to the Stage
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The last date listed for Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical was Sunday September 27, 2009 / 5:00pm.
Currently at Chopin Theatre Mainstage:
- Full Price:
- $25.00 - $39.00
- Our Price:
- $12.50 - $19.50
A contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, this unique production is performed promenade-style, where you follow the action and actors around the space, and features an intriguing blend of dance and dialogue. Dorian -- young, beautiful and aimless -- has just arrived in the big city, where local artists and critics have eagerly brought him into their fold. After a talented and frustrated painter named Basil Hallward crafts a gorgeous portrait of Dorian, the painting's young subject wishes to remain forever as lovely as this two-dimensional representation of him. And for many years -- through wild parties, brokenhearted lovers and occasional damage to the painting itself -- Dorian, growing steadily more wicked, does indeed remain flawlessly youthful. But what, if anything, will break this strange spell? With compelling choreography, acting and staging comes The House Theatre of Chicago's DORIAN, a modern spin on Wilde's rumination on youth and beauty. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Jeffrey G.
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I LOVE this show and bought the CD. HellinaHandbag has again done a great comedic job. The wonderful home made campiness of this production makes for a great backdrop to the often top-notch music, lyrics, and musical performances (even Nonny?). Each cast member is special and by the time they do their cameoed curtain calls, you love every one and think, "Oh, yes, and you were there, and you, and you and..." A memorable night at the theater. I also think that this piece can hold up to a much more "serious" presentation without losing its charm. I am going again and am telling everyone about it. Thanks, Handbags!
Quotes & Highlights
“The parody of the film, plus the songs… provide high-concept camp delights.” —Chicago Tribune
“Inspired… If you didn’t catch Poseidon! the first time around, get on board.” —Time Out Chicago
Book & Lyrics by David Cerda (w/Cheryl Snodgrass)
Music by David Cerda & Scott Lamberty
Directed by Matthew Gunnels
Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical is both a musical parody and a loving homage to the classic 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure, the grandmother of all disaster films. The play celebrates and lampoons the beloved cult classic through comedy and music. When a tidal wave capsizes the SS Poseidon luxury liner on New Year’s Eve, a group of scrappy passengers must climb to the bottom of the ship (now above them) before the ship sinks. The perilous journey of these colorful characters, both humorous and tragic, makes for an edge-of-your-seat adventure. Watch the story unfold with a party of hardcore Poseidon Adventure fans who provide personal commentary and touching insight on how film resonates in our collective conscious, resulting in very real shared experiences. And you thought it was just a silly disaster film.
About the Ticket Supplier: Hell In A Handbag ProductionsHIAH is dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music, and homage.
The Handbag Ensemble is a diverse group of artists--actors, directors, designers, writers, and composers.