Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What I Love About Theatre: The Donkey Show.

The Donkey Show
A Midsummer Night’s Disco
Diane Palus is a theatre genius. I had the privilege of seeing the original cast of her Tony-awards winning revival of Hair (my favorite musical!) a couple years back in New York. She really has a knack for creating an enviorment and The Donkey Show is no different. TDS is another immersive theatre experience this time set in a 1970’s night club. The audience gets the full sha-bang whilst waiting in line to get past the bouncer. Once inside they are allowed to peruse the bar or head straight out to the dance floor. The show begins once the cast steps out of the audience and into the spotlight.
    I am incredibly intrigued by this idea. I have seen a movie that put A Midsummer Night’s Dream in modern times and at a rave which seems similar to this concept. The script for the movie was poor and so the movie failed, but the concept was great. I think getting to dress up in disco-wear and dance with the actors sounds like a blast.
American Repertory Theater presents The Donkey Show,the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind thevelvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, anddisco, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’sDream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits youknow by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It’s ashow . . . it’s a party . . . it’s the ultimate disco experience.

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