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The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez

The Ready
4546 N. Western Ave Chicago

The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez is a voluptuous prose-poem for the stage between a Man and a Woman, two 'figures' in the heart of a bucolic garden in the heart of high summer-something of an eternity, something of an irretrievable moment. It is not a drama that occurs between them, but a summer dialogue that proceeds by way of interrogation-play. The mysteries of eroticism and nature surface in their incursions into untold memories, silent happenings that for the first time demand a language. In Handke's text, amorous attraction is transfigured into metaphysical desire; a game of questions becomes a game of passions, and this play of passion becomes a world of poetic images as sensuous as the soundscape of the outside world: premonitory and encroaching.

Thru - Jul 19, 2015

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $20

Show Type: Drama

Running Time: 1hr, 20mins; no intermission

  The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Similarly, Kevin V. Smith's Man and Lorraine's Woman have a history from the first moment we see them. Smith builds an interesting, idiosyncratic sexual identity from-well, I don't know quite how he does it, but it's clear without an explicit word being said. And Lorraine is finally allowed to be Lorraine. Ranging through the space, playful, steely, self-absorbed, unencumbered, she shines."
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Tony Adler

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Handke's writing is clearly translated from German. Everything the characters say is formal, and Smith's, especially, speaks in long, complicated sentences. Which is not a bad thing; Handke's writing demonstrates sophistication of artifice in a way that is much more mysterious than this conversation would likely have been if presented naturalistically. Seeing The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez is an experience which requires a certain mind-set to enjoy. Handke's fans have called his writing deeply erotic precisely because he takes such an analytical approach to emotions. Every show is followed by a discussion in the church's courtyard, and I encourage anyone attending to stay and listen. Besides appreciating Theatre-Y's work more, you'll experience the kind of bond between audience members and performers that the theatrical culture in this work's place of origin thrives on."
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Jacob Davis

Chicago Stage Standard - Somewhat Recommended

"...The translation and language of The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez are beautiful. While this is intentionally not a drama and it's supposed to be a summer dialogue, relaxing and easy, that ease toes a dangerous line between laid-back and uninteresting. It quickly becomes too easy to zone out while they wax poetic at each other while seemingly looking to gain little if anything at all. With a lack of solid goals and an ebb and flow to the story that was devoid of forward momentum, any hope for a plot to follow is lost until you are blindsided by a surprisingly beautiful ending."

Jerald Raymond Pierce

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