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BEIRUT - Preview discount Wednesday April 2, $15
Opens Friday April 4, plays Wednesdays & Fridays until May 2
Wandering around a room wearing underwear concealing little, spooning food out of a can with fingers, lying face down on the couch and masturbating ~
Beirut is a highly - disturbing and attractive - sexualized play in which a couple struggles to make love and, at the same time, not to make love.
"Beirut" is the name given to New York's East Village where, in a futuristic dystopia, positive people are quarantined (the play doesn't use the terms AIDS or HIV, but the references are clear). Outside this area, the world has changed.
Sex is forbidden on pain of execution, and hanged bodies are displayed in public places. Women are forced to cover their bodies with sack-like dresses; all the simple joys of living are proscribed. There are guards everywhere, and intrusive body searches are the norm.
Eventually you will stop squirming and start thinking about what this piece of theater means.