Mephisto

Mephisto
Director: Bastian Kraft
Writer: Bastian Kraft
Based on: Klaus Mann‘s novel
Cast: Nicholas Ofczarek, Fabian Krüger, Dörte Lyssewski, Sabine Haupt, Gunther Eckles, Till Firit, Sylvie Rohrer, Max Gindorff, Martin Reinke, Dorothee Hartinger
Seen on: 23.11.2018

Plot:
It’s the 20s/30s in Germany. Hendrik Höfgen (Nicholas Ofczarek) is an actor, reaching for a higher position. That means arranging himself with the people in power, although that isn’t always simple. His (former) friend, the author (Fabian Krüger), watches Höfgen’s rise with concern, worried about the implications for Höfgen himself, but even more so with the regime change and what it brings.

Mephisto was not great, but it did have its moments. It’s certainly an interesting piece of theater with a lot to say – which means it has more going for it than a lot of other plays I saw.

Three men on a black stage, one is wearing a black and white fool's hat.
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Purple Rose of Cairo

Purple Rose of Cairo [German] is a play based on the film by Woody Allen currently at the Volkstheater [German] in Vienna. It was directed by Gil Mehmert and stars Heike Kretschmer and Till Firit.

Plot:
Cecilia (Heike Kretschmer) is stuck in a crappy job and an abusive relationship. To escape for a little while, she goes to the cinema. After she has seen the movie “Purple Rose of Cairo” for the fifth time, one character of the movie comes off the screen – Tom Baxter (Till Firit). Tom tells Cecilia he fell in love with her and that he plans to spend the rest of his life in reality with her.
Soon half of Hollywood is in uproar, including the actor who played Tom.

The movie is not Allen’s best work. But the play is pretty bad. The story is one good idea that isn’t actually able to support a whole plot. But were the movie had good actors and a good director, in the play the acting is so-so and the directing is really bad. What’s left is a production that falls completely flat.

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