Droog Addicts

Quad C stages an amazing, alarming Clockwork Orange

Under Baker's direction and with a leading actor the caliber of young Brian J. Smith performing Alex, a role as big and complex as Hamlet, this Clockwork Orange brings a clarity to Burgess' words that even the masterful Kubrick failed to achieve. The themes and subtext ask big, dangerous, relevant questions about freedom and individuality that make for spirited post-show arguments and leave one's gulliver buzzing for days.

Perhaps Alex's violent outbursts can be perceived as the desperate protests of one young man against the shallow conventions of a boring social order over which he has little control. Deprived of choice by the government's living "euthanasia," he loses his urge to act out, which makes him safe to return to society. But is Alex really a better man for bowing to conformity? Violence may be evil, says this play, but perhaps it's a better risk than state-controlled monotony.

As Alex the droog in A Clockwork Orange, Brian J. Smith, center, rains blows upon the weak, then celebrates with a refreshing glass of milk.
As Alex the droog in A Clockwork Orange, Brian J. Smith, center, rains blows upon the weak, then celebrates with a refreshing glass of milk.

Details

Through October 13. Call 972-881-5809. For the show's run at UTD October 31-November 10, call 972-883-2787.
Quad C Theatre in Plano

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