Part Romantic Age soiree — with parlor games, poetry readings, cocktails and hors d’oeuvre — and part carefully crafted installation, this production even required specially designed seating to suit the actions. “It’s sort of topographic, with seating adjusted to mountains and valleys,” Mueller continues. “It’s our way of discouraging the audience from camping out on one seat from which to view the evening passively. We want to pull the wallflowers off the walls and get them waltzing with us, engaging in all manner of games.”
Costumers, architects, designers, sound designers and performers have all come together on common ground to create the setting — but what happens when an audience enters the mix can’t be predicted. “This is not heaven and it’s not hell,” Mueller concludes. “It’s a bunch of individual insanities layered on top of each other like gel screens. This is about plethora.”
If you’re game for full immersion, Salon Romantik, Opus 2 opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight at work | space, 2701 Lawrence Street, in the Laundry on Lawrence; performances continue through February 2. Admission is $17 in advance at salon2.bpt.me or $20 at the door; the price includes handmade chocolates, tea and wine. Visit www.controlgroupproductions.org for more information.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through Feb. 2, 2013