Think about it: you make your triumphant return to Loyola’s campus after years of success in your career that was totally related to your major in undergrad. You step in the doors of “Bar 63″ (or Hamilton 2.0, whatever it will be called in 20 years), order a drink, turn around, and see your old roommates sitting at the table right behind you! Will it be fun, nostalgic, life-affirming, or really awkward? Director Shade Murray has come to answer that question of whether time can heal all wounds, or just make them worse, in the new play Ecstasy, currently running till September 28 at the A Red Orchid Theatre!
With an illustrious career in the Chicago theatre scene, Shade Murray has worked to adapt Mike Leigh’s 1979 play that he says radiates “keenly observed humor, unexpected violence, and ordinary beauty” for the modern era. In the production, four old friends run into each other while drinking, and as the booze and memories start flowing, they attempt to bridge the gap that time has created between them. It manifests in song, dance, rage, and breakdowns, and it is surely a sight to behold at A Red Orchid Theatre.
Ecstasy will run from today until September 28 at the A Red Orchid Theatre, on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 PM, and Sunday shows begin at 3 PM. All performances range from $15-25. To see the full calendar of performances and links to purchase tickets, please click here. To read more about the play, including a list of actors, follow the link here.