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Spring Awakening

Academy of Broadcasting Corporation Faculty of Acting Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/12/2011 9:02 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 12:59 PM | Updates

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Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to July 23

Masturbation and extended monologues don’t often mix. But a schoolboy’s vigorous bout of self-abuse, accompanied by an eloquent ode to his muse, is the highlight of this hotly anticipated drama.

Alas, that energy isn’t sustained for the duration of this lukewarm, two-hour production featuring more than 20 actors. Jonathan Franzen’s (The Corrections) translation of German playwright Frank Wedekind’s scandalous 1891 cautionary tale — which was adapted into a hit 2006 Broadway musical — is dripping with symbolism and foreshadowing as three teens fall victim to sexual repression and parental misguidance. Rape, suicide, teen sexuality, abortion and homosexuality got the play banned in 1906. And some scenes are still provocative, but jaded audiences may find the often rushed, incomprehensible dialogue more objectionable.

— Pat St. Germain

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Censored. Banned. Revolutionary. Written by Frank Wedekind in the late 1800s, Spring Awakening realistically portrays adolescents struggling with abortion, homosexuality, child abuse, suicide, masturbation and love. The Academy proudly presents Spring Awakening in uncensored form, as translated by award-winning author Jonathan Franzen.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 120 min.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Nudity, Gunshots, Strobe Lights, Herbal Cigarettes

http://www.academyofbroadcasting.com/

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