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Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited)
Viennese openly confessing their nocturnal mental emissions, handsome soldiers twirling comely vixens, nude nymphs caressing and copulating, trains entering tunnels, fountains gushing: These are surely the steamy images of Sigmund Freud wet dreams. They might also play out in some form as part of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited). For this production, director Martha Clarke and her collaborators have tweaked the titillating dance-drama-design orgy that was originally unveiled on stage in 1986. Although promoters won’t divulge any details about the show’s surgical enhancements (a spokesperson does, however, assert that it remains “very sexy”), the performance should remain an arousing below-the-belt aberration compared with the Kennedy Center’s traditional highbrow fare. Though the synergy of Clarke’s choreography, Richard Peaslee’s musical score, and Charles L. Mee’s cut-up dream-sequence narratives are all said to be stunning, what might make some season-ticket-holders squirm is Clarke’s sensuous visuals: Set in Freud’s psychological playground of Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century, the production (pictured) draws visual inspiration from the erotic paintings of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. But don’t take critics’ word for it. Enter the lust house yourself at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Jan. 25; matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $12-$32. (202) 467-4600. (Chris Shott)