Groß und klein [Big and Small]

Groß und klein
Director: Benedict Andrews
Writer: Botho Strauß (translated by Martin Crimp)
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Lynette Curran, Anita Hegh, Belinda McClory, Josh McConville, Robert Menzies, Katrina Milosevic, Yalin Ozucelik, Richard Piper, Richard Pyros, Sophie Ross, Chris Ryan, Christopher Stollery, Martin Vaughan
Part of: Wiener Festwochen

Lotte (Cate Blanchett) is desperately trying to connect to the people around her. But as she wanders from scene to scene in search of a connection, things seem to be always getting in the way.

The play is a strange one and it took me a bit to really get into it. But once I did, I absolutely loved it. And that is not even taking into account how wonderful, awesome and brilliant Cate Blanchett is.

The play is basically made up of scenes that are connected only through Lotte and the topic of human connection. They are all a bit surreal and definitely weird. That does take some getting used to. But there’s a lot of stuff in those scenes so that now I would really like to get my hands on a print and sift through it slowly. There were so many little moments that I loved. Like

Basically I’m strong and I’ll dream of something to make me happy again.

And Lotte is just a fascinating character that I want to get to know better.

Cate Blanchett is wonderful in the role. That woman just makes me want to gush in general, but as Lotte she is everything: funny, sad, strong, fragile, optimistic and desolate. She rules this play – and rightly so.

Benedict Andrews knows what he has in her, so he puts her in the center and reduces everything else to a minimum. The set is also quite bare, with huge, empty, black spaces – and I thought that worked particularly well. In short, it’s just a really excellent production.

Summarising: Good times.

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