Joseph Moncure Marchs 1928 cult poem, a narrative epic of Jazz Age debauchery, was a favorite of William Naked Lunch Burroughs, made into two different musicals, and adapted as a comic book by Art Maus Spiegelman. Fans of The Wild Party the poem, or of smart, edgy, literary musicals (think Cabaret or Chicago) will swoon for UC Irvines staging of Andrew Lippas frantically thoughtful musical of the story of a party attended by rowdy, randy and raucous coke fiends and bathtub gin boozers celebrating with full-throated hurrahYou can always party down in hell!a predictably bad end for kicks-seeking party hosts Queenie, a showgirl, and her sadistic clown boyfriend. Claire Trevor School of the Arts warns discretion is advised (nobody under 18) because the characters here, of course, dont have any. Which is why youll be there, you hussy.
Wed., June 2, 8 p.m., 2010