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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Inspired by Greek tragedy, French playwright Jean Racine's dramatic story of erotic obsession is… 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.