"The Balcony" (Trap Door Theatre): Surreal Eroticism

"The Balcony" (Trap Door Theatre): Surreal Eroticism

Outside there is a political revolution.  Inside there is the sexual revolution.  What happens when the two collide?  Playwright Jean Genet tells the tale of a brothel known for its fantasy roleplaying.  Guests act out desires and fetishes to escape. As the war rages outside, the clientele get their freak on at Madame Irma’s. It’s bawdy make-believe but where does the pretend end? People are being whipped, shot, stabbed for real…or is it an elaborate staging by Madame Irma and, consequently, Director Max Truax? What’s really happening here? And where’s ‘here’ anyway? Truax pulls us into this surreal eroticism.

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