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Thursday, May 17, 2018
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The Volkstheater descends into rockstar territory in Much Ado About Nothing.While the works of William Shakespeare are often considered timeless, that hasn’t kept people from trying to keep them relevant. The latest to do so is the Volkstheater, who have staged a heavily modernized version of Viel Lärm um Nichts (Much Ado About Nothing) translated into German by Angela Schanelec with surtitles in English and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. (If you’re reliant on...
The Vienna Theatre Project produces Rajiv Joseph’s off-Broadway hit.Once again proving their knack for bringing contemporary English-language theater to the city, Joanna Godwin-Seidl’s Vienna Theatre Project adds another continental European premier to its list: Guards at the Taj, by the Tony and Pulitzer-nominated Indian-American playwright Rajiv Joseph. Based on some of the numerous legends surrounding the mausoleum, Joseph approaches the edifice in a manner reminiscent of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – the two titular...
Dennis Kozeluh
Veteran actor Dennis Kozeluh on improvisation and musical entertainment.“I didn’t think I’d spend my life on stage, but I have!”, Dennis Kozeluh laughs, an easy smile on his face. Part of the noted local improv group The English Lovers for 20 years, his voice is warm and vibrant, the dark wooden table he keeps knocking on to punctuate his...
gutmenschen
Austria’s current political situation is scathingly portrayed in Gutmenschen.Tragedy need not be spectacular; sometimes all it takes to tear a life apart is a single letter. Gutmenschen, a new play by the Volkstheater ensemble and the Israeli born, award-winning director Yael Ronen, illustrates that with great humor and yet still manages to touch. Named after a derogatory German term...
Aeschylus
The Burgtheater surtitles Aeschylus’ trilogy in English.With matricide, murder, revenge, adultery and deceit, Aeschylus’ trilogy the Oresteia covers the final chapter of mythology’s most accursed family, the house of Atreus. One of the most recognizable Greek tragedies (and the only surviving trilogy), this surreal and vivid version is brought to the stage by director Antú Romero Nunes, winner of...
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s noted TV drama is adapted to the stage.Exploring morality in a world where God is dead and ideologies are non-existent or minimal, the Dekalog series by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski (The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors Trilogy) retains relevance long after its release in the late 1980s, a stark commentary on mankind’s inability to follow its...
Yasmina Reza
In Yasmina Reza’s Art, three friends are at odds as their dynamic shifts.What binds people together? Long-term friendships are often taken for granted, so when a 15-year-old connection between three brothers in arms unravels, the effect can be devastating. But what could so abruptly threaten the deep bonds between rational, intelligent adults? Yasmina Reza, a celebrated Parisian playwright, places...
wait until dark vienna
Home invasions and darkness are two of our most primal fears – and excellent ingredients for a great thriller, as Frederick Knott succinctly proves in his play Wait Until Dark.Famously adapted for the screen in 1967 with Audrey Hepburn, the plot is fast-paced (and somewhat convoluted), culminating in criminals Mike (Chris Polick) and Croker (Simon Lloyd) intimidating blind housewife...
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