The Bat Theatre Company's production of Bertolt Brecht's Baal ends its downtown run Dec. 16. The show, which originally ran last summer, reopened on Sept. 22 at the Flea Theatre in Manhattan.
Baal is the obscure tale of a rebellious poet who journeys through revelry and debauchery to experience life. Filled with sex, violence, and lines like "If a woman's hips are ample/ Then I want her in the hay/ Skirt and stockings all a-rumple/ (Cheerfully) - for that's my way," the play is far from wholesome.
The Bat Theatre Company production of Brecht's first play at the Flea was directed by Jim Simpson. This production is a "bop-era" adaptation, with a new translation by Peter Mellencamp, lighting by Ben Struck, costumes by Mimi O'Donnell, scenery by Clayton Binkley, and music arranged by David Geist. A three-piece jazz combo plays in the corner of the stage.
For more information on the Bat's Baal, playing through Nov. 4 at Tribeca's Flea Theater, 41 White Street (between Church and Bowery) visit http://www.thebat.com>www.thebat.com. For tickets, priced from $15-25, call (212) 226-2407.
— by Ernio Hernandez