Randy Falcon as Alex in Godlight Theatre Company's production of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange
New York theatre used to be about big and unimaginative productions...it's not anymore. The Godlight Theatre Company (and they spell "theatre" right thank you very much) is proving itself to be and creative and resourceful troupe that's giving city theatregoers something to cheer about.
The Godlight Theatre Company has put together another great production: a stage version of Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange," which runs from now until February 27 at 59 East 59 Theatres (between Park and Madison).
Tickets for the play, directed by Joe Tantalo, may be purchased at Ticket Central
. Shows on Tuesday through Saturday start at 8 PM, Sunday's shows start at 3 PM.
Here's what you'll see if you catch the play:
Alex and his vicious teenage gang revel in horrific violence, mugging and gang rape. Alex also revels in the music of Beethoven. The gang communicates in a language which is as complicated as their actions. When a drug-fuelled night of fun ends in murder, Alex is finally busted and banged up. He is given a choice: be brainwashed into good citizenship and set free, or face a lifetime inside. Anthony Burgess's play, based on his own provocative 1962 novella of the same name, gets a vivid and intense new production from the award winning Godlight Theatre Company.
Here are what the reviewers are saying about the show and the company:
Barbara & Scott Siegel, theatremania.com:
"You'll be astonished by the sheer audacity of the Godlight Theatre
Company's tiny but intense take on A Clockwork Orangeâ€¦Under the dynamic
direction of Joe Tantalo, a dozen performers enact this violent,
postmodern tale. Check your memories of the movie at the door, enter the
theater with an open mind, and prepare yourself for a visceral experience.
There are times when you'll want to reach out and try to save the
characters from the brutality that takes place right in front of you; this
wildly physical production unfolds with astonishing intimacy."
Helen Shaw, The New York Sun:
"Talk about an Orwellian experience. Godlight Theater Company is one of the more inspiring stories in the New York theater world. They started out struggling to make work in a church basement; 10 years later, under the direction of Joe Tantalo, they've started to garner attention and awards, to get their name out there, and to raise their heads a bit above the pack."
Martin Denton, editor, nytheatre.com:
"An intense, chilling 75 minutes of claustrophobic drama...A Clockwork Orange is a play worth coming back to, because it's loaded with stuff that, though hard to take, is absolutely necessary for us to see and hear...and if you're new to this company or this play, well, you've got a terrific, involving theatre experience to look forward to."
Show Business Weekly:
"Joe Tantalo's production of A Clockwork Orange is effectively disturbing and thoroughly convincing..."
nytheatre.com, Martin Denton:
"With A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Joe Tantalo and Godlight Theatre Company firmly establish themselves in the front ranks of New York City's theatre community...Tantalo's remarkable visionary staging remind us that less is almost always more in the theatre. The resultant experience is as vivid and intense an evening of drama as can be found anywhere in town right now...their work needs to be seen."
"The play (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) was superbly, and stylishly staged...spectacular and incisive playing by members of the ensemble, extraordinary lighting and a ravishing sound design...terrific theatricality...quite an accomplishment, this won't be forgotten."
Backstage, Elias Stimac:
"The Godlight Theatre Company has a potential cult hit on its hands...Joe Tantalo's production is bold and indelible...an in-your-face approach to Burgess's taunting, timeless material."
Make sure you check it out!
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