Let’s try a little logical syllogism, shall we?
Fact: A Clockwork Orange is a favorite movie and/or book of most of you who are reading this.
Fact: Steampunk makes everything better.
Conclusion: You want to go to Edison, New Jersey, this month to see the awesome new theatrical production of A Clockwork Orange, in which our murderous young antihero Alex trades in the well-polished visuals of the Kubrick film for belching smokestacks, colossal clock cogs, and the ribbed wreckage of a crashed zeppelin.
Acclaimed New York stage director Alex Dawson, who describes his vision of the play as “Mack the Knife meets Ferris Bueller,” explains the aesthetic: “In the movie, the Droogs wore cricket whites, odious codpieces, and beaky Commedia dell’arte noses. In our version, they wear tailored suits, skater pads, and government-issued gas masks — threads of WWII gas-bomb paranoia, natch. The soundtrack to Kubrick’s film was a mix of classical and electronic synth; the music in the play is a cross-faded, beat-juggled hodgepodge of new wave, folk, punk, techno, pop, and thrash, with Mott the Hoopla’s youth anthem, ‘All the Young Dudes,’ serving as the perfect theme song.”
The show opens tomorrow, Oct. 15, and runs eight performances through Oct. 30 at the Studio Theater at Middlesex County College. Tickets are an incredibly budget-friendly $10. Make your reservations now, my droogies!