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- $15 for one ticket to see Echo Productions’ A Clockwork Orange (up to a $27.75 value)
- Where: Tarragon Theatre - Extra Space
- Section: general admission
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- Friday, September 13, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 14, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, September 15, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.<p>
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of A Clockwork Orange drove critics into frothing hyperbole and was controversial enough to be banned for 27 years in the very country where it was filmed, but for author Anthony Burgess it played the right notes, but missed the music. Although it stayed faithful to the action and puzzling jargon of the original text, there was one glaring omission: the 21st chapter—the denouement that stripped his cautionary tale of the sensationalism. To avoid wasting his time-machine fuel to un-write his masterpiece, Burgess adapted A Clockwork Orange as a stage play, where the “glorious ultra-violence” isn’t portrayed as glorious, and the finale leaves nothing unanswered.<p>
The ghost of Burgess smiles upon Echo Productions’ presentation of his A Clockwork Orange. The tale follows Alex and his droogs, an amoral teenage gang giddily obeying their ids through nonstop crime in the dystopian near-future. Although Alex is whip-smart and thirsts for Beethoven, the anti-hero seemingly can’t stop murdering or robbing everyone he encounters. When the charming sociopath is finally imprisoned for murder, he becomes the subject of severe, eye-opening rehabilitation known as The Ludovico Technique, meant to cure him of his bloodlust and make him a responsible member of society. Does it work? Kubrick says one thing, but Burgess says another in Echo Productions’ unique update. Modernized with original music from local talent that blends with the ominous use of Beethoven’s 9th, this Orange stylizes the “ultra-violent” moments with movement pieces that drive in Burgess’s satire without repelling potentially sensitive audience members.<p>
It isn't fluffy theater. If they put on a performance of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Charlie might come out hardened, scarred, and demanding to be called Charles. For the arts collective of Echo Productions, their craft is an act of raw physicality and stylization—a wrestling match that leaves sweat on the stage floor. And throughout each feat, music plays a major role, elevating monologues and underscoring the action. That's because artistic director Victoria Fuller is a veteran of musical joyrides such as Get Back: A Beatles Tribute, and she teams up with a classically trained choreographer and singer to give her actors, and audiences, material with "a lot of meat."