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Blue Room, The (Hare) - Full Length Play, Drama

Blue Room, The (Hare)

David Hare, Arthur Schnitzler

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573627057

From La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler
"Generates enough erotic energy to raise the dead of two continents...a funny, intelligent and razor sharp satire that strips bare not just the follies of the flesh but also the delusions of desire itself." - The New York Daily News

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Full Length Play

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A sensation in London and on Broadway, The Blue Room depicts a daisy chain of ten sexual encounters between five women and five men all played by one actor and actress portraying the hypocrisy, the folly and the loneliness of this roundelay. Freely adapting the original play, Hare has moved the action from turn-of-the-century Vienna to modern London and infused the sketches with witty and provocative modern nuances.

"Generates enough erotic energy to raise the dead of two continents...a funny, intelligent and razor sharp satire that strips bare not just the follies of the flesh but also the delusions of desire itself." - The New York Daily News

"Pure theatre Viagra." - London Daily Telegraph

"The hottest show in town." - The New York Post

Originally produced at London's Royal National Theatre
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Author(s)
David Hare

David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the Hampstead Theatre Club in 1970. Subsequent works include Knuckle, Fanshen, ... view full profile

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Mary Beth Smith 4/23/2013 1:04 PM
David Hare proudly proclaims that he freely adapted The Blue Room from Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde.  For those unfamiliar with the source material La Ronde was written as a daisy chain of sexual encounters intended to highlight the growing Syphilis epidemic in Schnitzler’s own country, Austria. While many adaptations of La Ronde exist, most notably the musical Hello Again, Hare’s The Blue Room takes the idea one step further by transforming the play from many actors into a two person play that increasingly highlights the revolving door of sexual partners.

The male and female actors play five characters a piece moving from one scene to the next having two sexual partners before transforming into the next character.  As each transformation occurs it is hard to shake the previous character, thus leaving an indelible mark on the scenes that follow.

As fascinating as it is to watch two actors move through a series of sexual encounters and changing every other scene into someone different, there are holes in Hare’s adaptation. The source material clearly addresses the increasingly sexualized world in which Schnitzler was working The Blue Room, however, fails to make that connection.  What Hare never shares with the audience is the “why” of the adaptation.  The challenge of the The Blue Room is to create an “idea play” for the audience, one that does not hit them over the head with the story, but one in which continues to stay with the audience over the years as they recognize moments in their own lives similar to the lives within the play.

The Blue Room is an interesting play, but presents challenges to the creative team in addressing some of its inherent flaws. Find the “why” and you will discover the play.

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