Theatre is often used as a space to explore sensitive topics, such as becoming an adult or the importance of washing your hands after handling a human skull. Witness a touching display with this GrouponLive deal to see a performance from The La Ronde Project at Stage 773. For $28, you get two general admission tickets (up to a $56 value). Performances run through April 14. Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose from the following shows:
- La Ronde, running Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m.
- The Blue Room, running Thursdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m.
- F**king Men, running Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 9 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
When La Ronde was first performed in Berlin in 1920, its provocative content would subject its author, Arthur Schnitzler, to a barrage of critical attacks and charges of obscenity. Originally penned in 1897, the play takes the form of 10 trysts between 10 characters, forming an cyclical chain of lust and infidelity. As the soldier engages with the parlor maid, the parlor maid with the gentleman, and the gentleman with the young wife, the play explores the class-crossing nature of sex and the intersection of fantasy and reality in the pursuit of love.
The Blue Room
Award-winning playwright David Hare’s 1998 adaptation of La Ronde brings the intrigue and collar-loosening heat of the original into the modern day. The characters receive a millennial makeover, slipping into the roles of models, cab drivers, and playwrights who have traded in their inkwells for new, electric inkwells. A cast of two takes on five roles each, intimately enacting what has changed in sexual politics since turn-of-the-century Vienna, and what has held constant.
In this 2009 interpretation of La Ronde by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, ten gay men grapple with questions of love and sex as they search for one or both. Many of the original piece’s archetypes appear with a twist, such as the soldier, now appearing as a closeted man whose struggles with his identity lead him to wordless encounters and sudden fits of violence.
Laughter rings out from Stage 773’s four newly renovated theaters. Longtime Chicago performers and directors Brian Posen, Jill Valentine, Kristin Larsen, and Brian Peterlin helm the theater, where they host the annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival every January to often sold-out crowds. Championing collaboration, they also welcome productions both comedic and dramatic, and hold a weekly open-mic night called SMUSH for sketch groups, improv troupes, and comedians.
These productions feature strong sexual content and may contain nudity.
A cornucopia of sketch comedy performances spills from Stage 773, revamped in 2011 with a full-scale renovation that created four intimate stages from the initial too-intimate 773 stages. Longtime Chicago performers Brian Posen, Jill Valentine, and Brian Peterlin helm the theater, where they host the annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival every January to often sold-out crowds. They also draw in local acts and hold a weekly open-mic night called SMUSH, which welcomes sketch groups, improv troupes, and comedians.