The Balcony: Jean Genet's Raunchy, Revolutionary Political Comedy
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An upside-down corpse, a bank robbery and an unhinged police inspector make up Loot, an edgy, quick-witted farce about greed from playwright Joe Orton (What the Butler Saw). The acclaimed 1966 black comedy follows the (mis)fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis, who have robbed a bank and hidden out in Hal's home with the loot. Hal's mother has just died, so they put the money in her coffin, hiding the body elsewhere. When police inspector Truscott arrives to investigate, havoc and hilarity ensue. Learn More
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I can't say for sure that this was the worst play I've seen but it's a contender. It very definitely is one of the strangest plays one can see. For that reason alone this play is an experience that will stick in your mind.
I came away with the impression that the playwright was trying (and failed), to write an avant-garde tome espousing deep revelations about the human psyche and the contrast between reality and (self) delusion, normalcy and perversion, and sexual lust and lust for legacy. A play for the "White on White" painting crowd.
-There were way too many interminable monologs. That might work on paper but does not work on stage - especially when diction is not 100% perfect.
-The audience is thrown into a confusing opening scene with no lead-in or scene setting. It takes quite a few minutes to get orientated.
-Way too many instances of the actors stumbling over their lines. This was eight days after opening!
-The first act implied a 19th century setting. Then the second set highlights security cameras and video monitors - but no telephone or other modern communication. It is an anomaly that does not fit but jolts one out of the story.
Cynthia Ryanen (Irma) played her part very well.
It is a small theater and all seats are good.
The write up of the play was misleading: There certainly was no hilarity; a bare breast and underwear is hardly "nudity" and if this was raunchy,then Hair was quadruple x pornography!
This show contains nudity and sexual situations.