The equal rights amendment is hot news. Bernie, Deborah, Danny and Joan are dictated by sex, manipulated by one another and grappling with what it is they’re actually searching for… is it the same thing? Mamet’s witty, heated dialogue between his four many-layered players is what makes Sexual Perversity in Chicago so mouth-wateringly moreish. Though it’s rather more savoury than sweet – the untangling of carnal desires will hook you in, swallow you up and spit you out.
Mamet’s play examines the sex lives of two men and two women in 1970s Chicago. Sharp, witty and at times caustic, it’s a production which has been adapted and reworked in various forms, both on stage (West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway) and on film, inspiring the 1986 and 2014 movies About Last Night.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago is the latest production from the 1956 Theatre and is set to run at the Salford Arts Theatre from 26th – 28th March.
The talented cast of four includes Lee Lomas (Shameless, Coronation Street, Doctors, Mcr Rep Season – Managing Director of the 1956 Theatre), Amy-Jane Ollies (Hollyoaks, Mcr Rep Season, Great Expectations – Artistic Director of the 1956 Theatre), Hannah Ellis Ryan (The Best, Mcr Rep Season) and Daniel Bradford (Made of Stone, The Killage).
The 1956 Theatre has built a strong reputation for the quality of its productions and Sexual Perversity in Chicago is set to add to a growing list of excellent shows put on including Hitchcock’s The Lodger (adapted by Danny Whittle and Lee Lomas), Dickens’ Great Expectations (adapted by Lee Lomas and Amy-Jane Ollies) and two of their own works – Wolf by Amy-Jane Ollies and Juke Box Baby by Lee Lomas. Each production has received outstanding reviews and shown the Theatre to be an immensely talented group.
To celebrate the launch of Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The 1956 Theatre is running a competition to win two free tickets to the opening night– simply locate one of their flyers dotted around Manchester/Salford (or use a phone/laptop screen providing it is displaying the poster) and take a Sexual Perversity Selfie with the image, adding hashtag #SPELFIE – the entry which makes the 1956 Theatre laugh the most wins the tickets – but keep it clean!
Sexual Perversity in Chicago by the 1956 Theatre runs at Salford Arts Centre 26 – 28 March at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). 16+
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