Jump to: Finnegans Wait, What?
From way off Broadway to slightly off-Broadway comes the Chicago-born phenomenon Flanagan’s Wake. One of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history makes the jump to NYC by way of the intimate Sweet Caroline’s theatre. For $20, you'll get one ticket to the show, a $50 value. Your Groupon can be used at any performance you want, but not for stealing hats backstage. Choose between: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; or the Sunday matinee at 4:30 p.m. The runtime is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission, so regulate your liquid intake accordingly.
This improv-infused interactive comedy centers around an Irish wake, an event notorious for being even more raucous and whiskey-fueled than an Irish bris. When a member of a small town passes away, fellow villagers turn grieving into comedic joy while commemorating the life and times of their fallen comrade as only the Irish can. Each performance is one-of-a-kind, drawing on the twin influences of audience members and alcohol to create a specialized spectacle night after night. So gather a group of close lads for a night of hilarious and participatory funeral partying.
Finnegans Wait, What?
The interactive theatrical phenomenon that is Flanagan’s Wake derives its title in part from James Joyce’s seminal work of literature, Finnegan’s Wake, an experimental tome of comic fiction ranked among the most difficult works in the English language. What is it, exactly, that makes it so hard to get through?
- Pages all sticky
- Written entirely in Irish or something
- Really hurtful limerick about your dad on pg. 259
- Absence of discernible linear plot in favor of digressive dream-narrative that arguably reflects the nature of consciousness itself, a fluid pseudo-structure of shifting viewpoints and relevancies piled with additional layers of obscurity by Joyce’s impenetrable reference-puns to history, mythology, and yet-to-be-written Queen lyrics
- Television continues to be invented
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