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Vienna
Monday, January 22, 2018
Schloss Grafenegg
Summer concerts in the park don’t get any better than this.One of the joys of working in Vienna is leaving the office early on a Friday afternoon – except when everyone else has the same idea. Packed onto the sweltering platform at Spittelau amongst sweaty, grumbling office workers, I found myself begging for the air-conditioned train’s arrival to take...
Twelfth night
The Bard’s illustrious comedy of errors makes landfall in Vienna.With lust, jealousy, deception, inebriation and greed all tied up in a convoluted yet charming love story, Shakespeare’s beloved farce Twelfth Night certainly lives up to its alternate title What You Will. Leaving no human vice untapped, TNT Britain and the American Drama Group Europe make a stop on their...
Wiener festwochen
The Wiener Festwochen push the envelope with a new co-director setting the toneBeing voted “most-livable” city can be a double-edged sword. Every metropolis has its charms – a heady mix of unique tastes and memorable experiences. Living up to such an accolade isn’t easy.What sets Vienna apart is the sheer number of world-class events, many of them offered for...
nathan with strings
Nikolaus Habjan shines a light on religious fundamentalism in Nathan der Weise.With refugees reaching Europe in record numbers, it often seems that the humanistic approach is under fire. Yet strife in the Middle East and pleas for tolerance are as old as the hills, as the Volkstheater’s adaption of the classic Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise) shows. Written...
Importance of Being Earnest
Back by popular demand, Open House Theatre goes Wilde with The Importance of Being Earnest Never ones to wash their clean linen in public, the Open House Theatre company scored a resounding success last year with The Importance of Being Earnest; so much so that they decided a second time certainly can’t hurt – you can never be too Earnest, after...
Outside Mullingar
Love's Labor's Not Lost: Outside Mullingar is somewhat mired in its continental premiere.  A poetic riff on loneliness, self-abnegation and love, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar bristles with rural Irish eccentricity and romance. But then Shanley is an old pro, with both a Pulitzer and a Tony to his name for Doubt (2004) and an Oscar for Moonstruck (1987). In...
jenny simanowitz
Be prepared to laugh along at her one-woman show.Remaining upbeat in the face of hardship, cruelty and prejudice is a tough act; Jenny Simanowitz, however, does just that in her latest show Who’s Afraid of the Jewish Mother?, not only laughing in the face of life’s inhumanities but composing songs about it.A Jewish mother herself, the South ­African born...
Dark and funny, this European premiere is set in a remote mobile home in the Rocky Mountains, where the poet and former alcoholic Ulysses lives a secluded life. Trying to finish his magnum opus before he succumbs to cancer, his self-imposed exile is ended by the sudden appearance of his ex-wife Emma, who walked out on him with their...
Medea
The Volkstheater tackles the original woman scorned in Franz Grillparzer’s MedeaHow do you create empathy for a mother who murders her children? With mixed success, judging from the Volkstheater’s production of Medea, an 1820 reimagining of the classical Greek myth by the renowned 19th century Viennese playwright Franz Grillparzer.Famously dramatized by Euripides in 421 B.C., Medea is the eternal...
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