OFFBEAT: Lowell actress starring in play 'La Ronde' opening in Chicago

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-03-17T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Lowell actress starring in play 'La Ronde' opening in ChicagoBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lowell native Arielle Kresich is performing in Chicago in a new play opening this weekend in Street Tempo Theatre's "La Ronde Project" at Stage 773.

It opened Thursday and continues until April 14 at this great stage space located at 1225 W. Belmont not far from Wrigley Field.

"The shows themselves are a very interesting take on the racy, famously banned early 1900s play 'La Ronde' that deals with sexual morality and class ideology, which is performed in repertory along with three other productions inspired by the original," said Andrew L. Saenz, public relations and marketing assistant for SHOUT Marketing and Media Relations, which reps the theater.

"Arielle performs in the modern adaptation 'The Blue Room.'"

The first of the three productions is the play that inspired it all "La Ronde," a play by Arthur Schnitzler which was famously banned in the early 1900s due to its sexual content. It runs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. The second production, "The Blue Room," is David Hare's 1998 adaptation of Schnitzler's "La Ronde," and runs 8 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays.

Also happening Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m. is "Improvised Musical La Ronde," directed by John Hildreth. Tickets for "La Ronde Project," the play trio are $28 for each production in the project or $60 if all three are purchased. Tickets to "Improvised Musical La Ronde" are $10. All tickets can be purchased at the Stage 773 box office or (773) 327-5252 or

"La Ronde," directed by Tim Curtis was first published for private circulation in Vienna in 1900, and looks at the sexual morality and class ideology of the day through a series of sexual encounters between pairs of characters. When published publicly in 1903, it became an immediate best-seller, scandalized Viennese society, and a year later was censored. Author Schnitzler was accused of pornography and worse. By choosing characters across the social spectrum, "La Ronde" offers a powerful view of how sexual contact transgresses boundaries of class.

As for "The Blue Room," written by Hare and directed by Brian Posen and Cody Spellman, and starring our Lowell theater name, it details circular scenes of love and betrayal from Schnitzler's "La Ronde," but set in the present day. "The Blue Room" originally premiered in September 1998 at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen in the lead roles. The production moved to Broadway with the same cast later that year. "The Blue Room" is a meditation on men and women, sex and social class, actors and the theater. With deft insight about the gap between the sexes, "The Blue Room" takes the treacherous Freudian subject of projection and desire and reinvents it in a bittersweet landscape that is both eternal and completely up-to-date. Kresich is cast as "the model."

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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