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By Mary Burkin | March 11, 2009
Glendale’s Luna Playhouse is presenting an earnest but uneven production of “La Ronde,” the play that scandalized Europe in 1900 because it’s all about sex — dirty, casual, brutal, loveless, unhappy sex. The theme hasn’t improved with age. For today’s audience, sadly, the play has lost its shock value. Nevertheless, even for modern audiences, it’s 2 1/2 hours long. “La Ronde” is a metaphor for the transmission of venereal disease, beginning and ending with a prostitute who sleeps with a soldier, who sleeps with a parlor-maid, who sleeps with the young gentleman she’s working for, who sleeps with a married woman, whose husband sleeps with a sweet young girl, and so on. Each scene introduces a new lover until the end of 10 different scenes, when we’re back with the prostitute.
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March 4, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? THURSDAY Theatre Banshee presents William Shakespeare?s ?Macbeth? in preview performances at 8 p.m. today and Friday at The Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. The show opens at 8 p.m. March 7 and runs through April 26. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
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By Mary Burkin | March 11, 2009
Glendale’s Luna Playhouse is presenting an earnest but uneven production of “La Ronde,” the play that scandalized Europe in 1900 because it’s all about sex — dirty, casual, brutal, loveless, unhappy sex. The theme hasn’t improved with age. For today’s audience, sadly, the play has lost its shock value. Nevertheless, even for modern audiences, it’s 2 1/2 hours long. “La Ronde” is a metaphor for the transmission of venereal disease, beginning and ending with a prostitute who sleeps with a soldier, who sleeps with a parlor-maid, who sleeps with the young gentleman she’s working for, who sleeps with a married woman, whose husband sleeps with a sweet young girl, and so on. Each scene introduces a new lover until the end of 10 different scenes, when we’re back with the prostitute.
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