The Balcony: Jean Genet's Raunchy, Revolutionary Political Comedy
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Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by American icon Tennessee Williams sizzles with passion and greed. 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!
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I didn't know what to expect but I was very surprised how much I like it! It was a long play but didn't feel like a long play. Good acting and great set. Several of the characters were the best, especially the Madame Irma! This is worth the...continued
This show contains nudity and sexual situations.