Now, New York City theatregoers can have a Baal through the holiday season. The Bat Theatre Company's production of Bertolt Brecht's Baal has been extended until Dec. 16. The show, which originally ran last summer, reopened on Nov. 4 at the Flea Theatre.
Baal is Brecht's first play, the tale of a rebellious poet who journeys through revelry and debauchery to experience life, leaving wreaked lives in his path. Filled with sex, violence, and bawdy poetry, the play is reminiscent of such fractured, anarchic modernist works as Buchner's Woyzeck and Jarry's Ubu.
The Bat Theatre Company production, directed by Jim Simpson, 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.
Tickets are $15-$25. For more information on the Bat's Baal, at Tribeca's Flea Theater, 41 White Street (between Church and Bowery) visit http://www.thebat.com>www.thebat.com or call (212) 226-2407.
—By Robert Simonson