Company

Back in 1970, when the musical comedy Company made its Broadway debut, it's unlikely the author, George Furth, or the composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, had marriage equality on their minds. Even so, as the political clashes over same-sex marriage loom over the November elections, it's difficult not to consider the work's wry scrutiny of matrimonial bliss in a whole new context. Strikingly original to this day, Company is committed to the notion that a wedding band does not guarantee a lifetime of happiness. In fact, the wedded couples in the play embody a wide range of dysfunctions severe enough to compel any sensible person to think twice before walking down the aisle. It's no wonder the protagonist, a 35-year-old bachelor, has long resisted the bonds — or shackles — of marriage. Told through a prism of short vignettes, the hallucinatory narrative balances the rewards of long-term monogamy against enough repressed desires to make Freudian psychiatrists blush. Produced by Blue Water Theatre, a group of young local talents, Company's world-weary ennui should derive an ironic benefit from an infusion of untapped energy. Student-directed and headlined by a cast of 15 young adults, the production takes one step beyond the issue of marriage equality, provocatively asking not who has the right to marry whom, but why in the world we feel the urgency to wed at all. $12. 7 p.m. 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.825.3737. Through Saturday
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Aug. 22. Continues through Aug. 25, 2012

 
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