Get your droog on

The Raconteur, one of my favorite area bookstores (yes, that’s it down there on the Homes Away From Home blogroll) is presenting a staged version of Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange. Performances will be given Oct. 26 through Nov. 4, with special performances on Mischief Night and Halloween.

The look and style of the production will be completely different from Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film version, and the production (which will be mounted at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen) is gauged for ages 16 and up.

Color me intrigued. I’m no great fan of Kubrick’s film — in fact, I think it was his first genuinely bad movie after the amazing run that took him from The Killing to 2001: A Space Odyssey. A stage production will put the focus back on Burgess’s amazing wordplay and the subtle ways language is used to twist and warp reality.

Break a leg guys. Considering the storyline, getting away with niothing worse than a broken leg would be quite a feat in itself.

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