Flying phonographs... songs of suicide... foreplay for the blind...
SHE'S HIDEOUS, the new musical comedy by Eric Dienstfrey, is the darkly funny story of a reclusive, expressionist painter and his chance encounter with the world's ugliest woman in 1920s Vienna. The pain and the laughs come full force as they each try to come to terms with their own pathetic nature while trying to communicate through meaningless words about why atonal music is the new aphrodisiac.
Set at the time when the world famous composer Arnold Schoenberg was writing music that revolted against the "fake sentimentality" of late-romanticism, She's Hideous likewise revolts against the unbalanced relationship between substance and surface in today's America, while also calling into question "What does it mean to be revolting?"
The score mixes the musical languages of Arnold Schoenberg's atonal expressionism and Burt Bacharach's pop-like 60s kitsch in songs like "Hideous," "Untitled," and "A Thought" that feature absurd but hauntingly emotional melodies. Unlike anything you've ever seen or heard, this musical comedy will force you to question your own laws of aesthetics and in turn redefine what can be visually, aurally, and morally objectionable.
Want to explore more? We recommend:
An article about the recent premiere of She's Hideous at Washington University
A website dedicated to the music, paintings, and lectures of Arnold Schoenberg
A recording of Schoenberg's piano music
An outline on Schoenberg & early Twentieth Century music W. W. Norton & Company
SHE'S HIDEOUS runs two nights only, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 13, 2004, at 8:00 p.m. at the Art Loft Theatre, 1529 Washington. Tickets are $5 and available only at the door. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.
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