The Balcony: Jean Genet's Raunchy, Revolutionary Political Comedy
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The last date listed for The Balcony was Saturday October 12, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Between a professor who pimps out his own daughter, Justice, an army of sadists, a pair of entrepreneurial vampires and an old, blind guardian of the law named Oedipus, the enchanted island where Vatzlav is set couldn't get much stranger. Then again, the title character -- a former slave who finds himself suddenly free and in this foreign land -- also works a day job as a talking bear in this political farce written by Polish master Slawomir Mrozek. Learn More
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Featured review from Adam Kallish
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This was our first visit to Trap Door Theatre so we were not sure what to expect. The venue is quite untraditional and intriguing. The play, an English translation from French was very non-linear and non-relenting. Trap Door is known for untraditional performances so that came through. We were not ready for this experience so we were worn out by the end of the evening.
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Would have left if there was an intermission. Not engaging. From the reviews around Chicago, expected more, but maybe I just don't think wearing pony ears is that raunchy (characters fulfill their customers' fantasies).
Theater has charm, though!
Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Genet’s mother was a prostitute who raised him for a year before giving him up for adoption. In and out of prison for much of his early life, he was a vagabond, petty criminal, and prostitute – experiences that informed much of his writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief’s Journal and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.
Written by: Jean Genet
Translated by: Bernard Frechtman
Directed by: Max Truax
Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Simina Contras, David A. Holcombe, John Kahara, Meghan Lewis, Michelle Oliver, Thom Pasculli, Alzan Pelesic, Ann Sonneville, David Steiger, Nicole Wiesner and Carl Wisniewski.
About the Ticket Supplier: Trap Door TheatreTrap Door Theatre maintains a family of artists, loyal to each other, the art, and their own artistic integrity.
Incorporated in March of 1994, Trap Door Theatre took their three-year tradition of touring European Theatres and Festivals and transferred it to Chicago's world renowned Off-Loop Theatre scene. Residing in it's permanent home, which is a 45 seat, 900 square foot converted performance space in Bucktown, Trap Door has presented over sixty productions on the cusp of its ninth season, winning the praise of critics and patrons that catapults a whirlwind of activity, keeping the doors open five days a week.