Zu der Zeit der Königinmutter [At the Time of the Queenmother] – DNF

Zu der Zeit der Königinmutter
Director: Philipp Hauß
Writer: Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Cast: Sven Dolinski, Markus Hering, Simon Jensen, Gertraud Jesserer, Mirco Kreibich
Seen on: 6.6.2019

Plot:
The New Jersey Bar has seen better days, probably, at some point. But now it is a place of ill repute with a band of regulars and little else. Until a new guest (Mirco Kreibich) shows up and brings with him the opportunity to hear and tell new and old stories.

I’ll keep this short because I don’t think I have ever seen a play that I found so little access to as this one. I’m not a theater expert, but I have seen my fair share of plays and I did enjoy quite a few of them, but with this play, I simply understood nothing. I didn’t get the humor (except for the bear that was just sitting in a corner), nor the plot, nor what the play was trying to say. After seeing two thirds and understanding nothing, we decided to call it a day and left early. No regrets.

The cast, including a small band, standing in front of a huge pink curtain.

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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Antigone

Antigone
Director: Jette Steckel
Writer: Sophocles, translated by Frank-Patrick Steckel
Cast: Aenne Schwarz, Mavie Hörbiger, Joachim Meyerhoff, Mirco Kreibich, Martin Schwab
Seen on: 26.6.2016

Plot:
Antigone’s (Aenne Schwarz) brothers have both fought on opposite sides in Thebes’ civil war and they both died doing it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, King Creon (Joachim Meyerhoff) has decided that Polyneices, who fought against him, is to be left unburied outside the city gates. Antigone can’t bear the thought that one of her brothers should be thus treated. She tries to convince her sister Ismene (Mavie Hörbiger), but ultimately she goes alone to bury Polyneices, despite Creon’s having expressly forbidden it.

Antigone is a fascinating play and the production I saw was interesting in many ways, but not successful in all aspects.

antigone

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