Tuesday, May 28, 2019

'Company' Coming to Hale Park

The Hale Park Theatre Company's production of "Company" starts its run Friday, May 31 at Hale Park, 6258 West 62nd Street.

Curtain times are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8; and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for students and $6 for senior citizens age 60 and older.

Seating is limited, and reservations are suggested. Call (773) 229-1032 for reservations and more information.

From Wikipedia:

Company is a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The original production was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won six.

Originally titled Threes, its plot revolves around Robert (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Robert's 35th birthday.

Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. As Sondheim puts it, "Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we're going to bring it right back in their faces."

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