The return of the Thursday demonstrations to Vienna’s streets last October heralded a reawakening of Austrian protest culture. Between climate change strikes and marches against racism, the capital has been very lively of late. And on stage, a new wave of starkly political theater is trying to make sense of the current age of far-right populism. […]
Annie Baker’s play "The Flick" puts the mundane into the spotlight at Theater Drachengasse. Growing up is never easy, as anyone who has ever done so can attest. Most of us have resorted to lowering our expectations, or clinging to the vestiges of ...
The fish rots from the head down in the Volkstheater’s compelling Don Karlos. With enlightenment-era ideals under fire, it seems timely to remind ourselves of the hypocrisy of power. Fortunately, the Volkstheater gives an insightful lesson in its new take on Don Karlos, Schiller’s enlightenment-era exploration of idealism, power and personal fortunes set in the […]
Rebirth of a Diva After success in London, The Bodyguard settles into its new home at the Ronacher Singers die, but their songs live on. At least, that’s the reasoning behind Bodyguard – the Musical, a stage adaptation of the 1992 movie of the same name that launched the career of soul diva Whitney Houston. […]
On Halloween, Jesse Inman’s Smallest Theatre in the World #3 defies the rules of sanity and theater The dark courtyard of the Sigmund Freud Museum is deadly quiet at 22:00 – hardly the place you’d expect to enjoy some experimental theater. Yet here ...
The Clown updates the classic ghost train inside the world’s oldest theme park. There is something deeply unsettling about a clown that’s not putting smiles on children’s faces. This specific one, which just appeared on the display of my oculus rift headset, is eagerly waving his hands, inviting me to come forward. I have little […]
The Impulstanz festival sweeps you off your feet with the best of choreography’s past, present and future When you add a pinch of ballet, a drop of jazz, a dash of creative freedom and ably dismantle the linear principals of classicism, a new spirit is born: contemporary dance. Constantly playing with new forms of expression and […]
Family relations are tested to the breaking point in the Burgtheater’s rendition of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night A house divided cannot stand. That much is clear from the Burgtheater’s surtitled production of Eugene O’Neill’s Eines Langen Tages Reise in die Nacht (Long Day’s Journey into Night). Directed by Andrea Breth, the roughly […]
English Mondays at the Schauspielhaus are a mad scientist’s laboratory of experimental theater. An effective antidote to theatrical ennui, the anarchic, absurd and anglophone English Mondays are experimental theater with a subversive smile, showcasing Vienna’s cosmopolitan provocateurs while offering free crisps and English tea. This season, the monthly fixture at the Schauspielhaus has been devoted to […]