What August Wilson's doing for African-American history--writing a play for each decade of the 20th century--Michael John LaChiusa does for sex in this musical based on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. Each of LaChiusa's interrelated vignettes depicts a liaison in a different era. Only he shuffles the decades so that the college boy who's ravished by a nurse in the 1960s shows up again in the 1930s to dally with a housewife whose 1950s husband goes on to bugger a young man aboard the Titanic. The result of all this sexual and chronological intercourse is a delightful, raunchy, unexpectedly profound 90 minutes that gets as close as anything I've seen to making the eternal dance of love actually dance. The music is both original and rich with allusions. Choreographer Randy Duncan finds fascinating variations on the pas de deux. And the cast, under Jessica Boevers, is a wet dream. Through 5/15: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. Sun 5/8, 7 PM only. Apple Tree Theatre, 595 Elm, Highland Park, 847-432-4335. $33-$38.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Brosilow.