Entertainment :: Theatre

A Clockwork Orange

by Matthew Martello
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Tuesday Jan 29, 2013
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Carissa Berge as Alex the Large in ’A Clockwork Orange’
Carissa Berge as Alex the Large in ’A Clockwork Orange’  

After a spiral of excessive violence, and rape results in the death of a writer’s wife, Alex’s gang turns on him, leaving him to take the fall. His only chance: to be forced into change. To escape prison, Alex volunteers for a new medical treatment that strips the subject of his ability to choose. Alex is "cured"...but at what cost?

Carissa Berge offers a strong and admirable performance as Alex the Large, considering the myriad of emotions the character goes through during the story.

Carissa Berge offers a strong and admirable performance as Alex the Large, considering the myriad of emotions the character goes through during the story. The ensemble cast did an excellent job with the various characters each actor had to play.

A few notable examples would be Anthony Turchiano as Warder/Commedian, Tressa Bern as Minister of the Interior/Alexander’s Wife, Scott Gibson Uebele as Dolin/The Doctor/The Other Doctor, and Tony Cobb as Brodsky/Father. Gary Lunn as the Chaplain was also effective in his disturbing role.

The vocals for the show were generally strong, although I was having a little bit of trouble understanding the fast-paced opening number, "Give It Them Whether They Want It Or Not." Much of the music and lyrics offered just enough levity to make the otherwise troubling subject matter more bearable. For the scene shifts, it was an interesting combination of Beethoven (as in the film) and dub step. Overall, it worked to help enhance the mood of the show.

It seemed as if the scene transitions could have been a bit smoother. I ultimately appreciated what I saw with the set design once it was in place but for a few traffic problems that occurred on the small stage. Still, kudos should be given to Tim Burris for his designs. Light designer (Brandon Alan McClenahan and Jake Copenhaver) and sound designer (Sandy Stein) were both excellent for this production.

Director Brandon Alan McClenahan has created an interesting and thought provoking piece of theatre. Fans of the book and film will have no trouble enjoying this rendition of "A Clockwork Orange." This play is intended for mature audiences only, due to language, excessive violence, and nudity.

"A Clockwork Orange" runs through Feb. 10 at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas. For info or tickets, call 702-732-7225 or visit www.onyxtheatre.com.

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