This Thursday, Feb. 10, Richard Foreman’s “Paradise Hotel,” opens in the Bartlett Theatre for a three-night run. Directed by Professor of Theatre Robert Gross, the play is a postmodern sex farce, the plot of which is based around the actions and adventures of libido-driven eccentrics who are looking for a mythical hotel said to offer infinite sexual pleasures. The cast is comprised of Reina Apraez ’11, Bevin O’Connor ’12, Tyler Hatton-Bullock ’14, Eric Hambury ’13, Ricky Nix’14, Alex Corless’14 and Alex Johnson’11.
While “Paradise Hotel” was being performed at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark’s Church in January of 1999, Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Foreman has been the reigning philosopher vaudevillian of the New York avant-garde for three decades now, creating fractured dreamscapes in which life is the banana cream pie that keeps hitting you in the face. His starting point is that the world is unknowable, self is a question mark, and existence is one long chain of frustrations.”
He describes “Paradise Hotel” as an “abstruse but very lively study of carnal appetites” in which “sex is something that everybody talks about and nobody does anything about.”
“Paradise Hotel” is for mature audiences, and contains explicit language and content. Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 10 – 12, at 7 p.m. The cost of general admission is $5, while admission for students is free.