Arts & Entertainment
The Gripping 'Shopping & F***ing' Makes Its Detroit-Area Premiere at The Ringwald
Originally printed 9/6/2012 (Issue 2036 - Between The Lines News)
The Ringwald opens its sixth season with the Detroit debut of Mark Ravenhill's gritty and controversial "Shopping & F***ing." The first show in a season all about Family, Shopping & F***ing, opens Saturday, Sept. 8 and will play Saturdays-Mondays for an exclusive three-week run at The Ringwald Theatre in Downtown Ferndale.
"Shopping & F***ing" follows a crowd of drifters and sex traders in a seedy area of London. Five main characters comprise an unlikely family at whose center is an ever-changing love triangle of petty criminals. It is a gritty, grimy urban society, a microcosm of drugs, shoplifting, prostitution and sexual adventure. The characters have shunned morality and conduct hedonistic and destructive lives in this shocking, humorous, nihilistic play that examines a completely corrupted society.
Please note: "Shopping & F***ing" contains nudity, violence, and adult situations.
This groundbreaking drama was Mark Ravenhill's first full-length play and part of a movement in the 1990s of "in-yer-face" British theater that dealt frankly with issues of sex and violence and pointedly challenged societal values.
"Shopping & F***ing" opens Saturday, Sept. 8 and plays through Monday, Sept. 24. performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday nights and 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. A talkback will take place after the Sunday, Sept. 16 performance.
Ticket prices are $20 for Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday shows and Monday nights are half off the Saturday ticket price at only $10 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.TheRingwald.com or at the theater box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard.
The Ringwald Theatre is located at 22742 Woodward Ave. in the Times Square of Ferndale.