Ein Volksfeind [An Enemy of the People]

Ein Volksfeind
Director: Jette Steckel
Writer: Henrik Ibsen, translated and adapted by Frank-Patrick Steckel
Cast: Joachim Meyerhoff, Dorothee Hartinger, Irina Sulaver, Mirco Kreibich, Martin Schwab, Ole Lagerpusch, Peter Knaack, Matthias Mosbach, Friederike Bernhardt, Martin Mader
Seen on: 26.4.2018

Plot:
The town is doing well ever since it managed to get tourists due to a mineral spring. After a string of sicknesses, town doctor Thomas Stockmann (Joachim Meyerhoff) believes that the spring is actually polluted. He informs the authorities, in particular his brother Peter (Mirco Kreibich), the town’s mayor. But it’s election year and Peter really doesn’t want to risk his position by threatening the town’s biggest source of income – and his biggest success.

Ein Volksfeind is a really fantastic production of a highly political and frustratingly current play. I absolutely enjoyed it.

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Die Komödie der Irrungen [The Comedy of Errors]

Die Komödie der Irrungen
Director: Herbert Fritsch
Writer: William Shakespeare, translated by Sabrina Zwach
Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Simon Jensen, Dorothee Hartinger, Stefanie Dvorak, Mavie Hörbiger, Petra Morzé, Klaus Pohl, Falk Rockstroh, Michael Masula, Marta Kizyma, Merlin Sandmeyer, Dirk Nocker, Hermann Scheidleder
Seen on: 26.2.2017

Plot:
Merchants from Syracuse are currently forbidden from entering Ephesus. To Egeon’s (Klaus Pohl) he is discovered in the city. Moved by the sad story of how many years ago, Egeon’s twin sons were separated, together with the twin servant boys and how Egeon search for his lost son has brought him to Syracuse, Solinus (Michael Masula) grants him a day to find the money needed to buy himself free. Meanwhile Egeon’s son Antipholus (Sebastian Blomberg) and his servant Dromio (Simon Jensen) also arrive in Ephesus. Once there, their paths cross the Ephesus versions of Antipholus (Sebastian Blomberg) and Dromio (Simon Jensen) – only they don’t know it. Confusions ensues.

The Comedy of Errors is an absolutely nonsensical play – and Fritsch’s hyped-up brightly colored production of it sets the perfect tone to make it fly.

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Die lächerliche Finsternis [Ridiculous Darkness]

Die lächerliche Finsternis
Director: Dusan David Parizek
Writer: Wolfram Lotz
Based on: (very, absolutely slightly) Joseph Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness
Cast: Catrin Striebeck, Stefanie Reinsperger, Dorothee Hartinger, Frida-Lovisa Hartmann
Seen on: 1.2.2016

Plot:
Soldiers Pellner (Catrin Striebeck) and Dorsch (Frida-Lovisa Hartmann) are looking for a crazed lieutenant Deutinger (Dorothee Hartinger) in the jungle of Afghanistan, sailing along the Hindukusch. Their voyage brings them through increasingly confusing places and is also somehow connected to the story of Somali pirate Ultimo (Stefanie Reinsperger) who is tried at a German court.

Die lächerliche Finsternis is an attempt at postcolonoal critique that manages to reproduce the very same structures it is trying to condemn, resulting ultimately in an absolute failure.

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Der eingebildete Kranke [The Imaginary Invalid]

Der eingebildete Kranke
Director: Herbert Fritsch
Writer: Molière
Cast: Joachim Meyerhoff, Markus Meyer, Dorothee Hartinger, Marie-Luise Stockinger, Marta Kizyma, Laurence Rupp, Ignaz Kirchner, Simon Jensen, Johann Adam Oest, Hermann Scheidleder
Seen on: 10.1.2016

Plot:
Argan (Joachim Meyerhoff) has many, many health issues. Practically no organ is unaffected. Or at least that’s what he thinks. Fortunately he has a doctor and a pharmacist to take care of him and provide him with all (un)necessary medication. But all of that is getting quite expensive, so Argan hatches the plan that his daughter Angélique (Marie-Luise Stockinger) should marry a doctor. Thomas (Simon Jensen), son of his current doctor Diafoirus (Ignaz Kircher) seems to be a good match. It is only too bad that Angélique has her eyes set on somebody else already.

I have to admit that the play itself didn’t do that much for me, but the production we saw was absolutely stunning and managed to make a whole lot of it.

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Die Kommune (The Commune)

Die Kommune [German]
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Cast: Regina Fritsch, Dorothee Hartinger, Alexandra Henkel [German], Elisa Plüss, Adina Vetter, Dietmar König, Fabian Krüger, Joachim Meyerhoff [German], Tilo Nest

Plot:
Erik (Joachim Meyerhoff) just inherited the family house and he and his wife Anna (Regina Fritsch) and their daughter Freja (Elisa Plüss) are about to move in. But they don’t want to move in alone. Instead they want to build a commune. So they find Ole (Tilo Nest), the couple Steffen (Dietmar König) and Ditte (Alexandra Henkel), Mona (Dorothee Hartinger) and Virgil (Fabian Krüger) to move in with them. And this works rather well until Erik meets Emma (Adina Vetter) after a few years and falls in love with her.

I very much enjoyed this play despite a few weaknesses that it has. I liked the stage design, the cast was really good and even though the story doesn’t exactly cover new ground it is still very engaging.

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