20 C
Vienna
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Vienna Theatre Project
The Vienna Theatre Project puts on Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What, where logos, mythos and gender intersectFour actors and a director huddle around a table, poised over scripts with pencils in one hand and coffee in the other. There is a flush aroma, a black velvet backdrop and two relic stage lamps, braced in each corner behind.Today...
Middle-age melancholia takes center stage as Vienna’s English Theatre puts on Arnold Wesker’s ultimately optimistic play about life after 50. With a plot that initially sounds like a psycho-thriller – woman stalks celebrity and insinuates herself in his life against his will – Groupie instead goes the other way, exploring the loneliness, hopes and dreams of the autumn years. Matty...
To access this post, purchase a subscription in the shop. If you are a member log in here.
Vienna’s English Theatre’s Pygmalion is enjoyable, but fails to capture the true Shavian spiritGeorge Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion at Vienna’s English Theatre is selling out to full houses, with audiences relishing the wit, and applauding for more.It’s hardly a surprise: The famed tale of linguist Henry Higgins, who wagers he can turn the flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a duchess...
Long Day's Journey into Night
Family relations are tested to the breaking point in the Burgtheater’s rendition of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day's Journey into NightA 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 3.5 hour-long production stays close...
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...
Shirley Valentine
Vienna’s English Theatre puts on a charming and wistful comedy, Shirley ValentineThere must be something about actors talking to inanimate objects that can make an audience laugh (remember Clint Eastwood berating an empty chair during the 2012 Republican National Convention?). In British playwright Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, the heroine talks to a rock. Unfortunately, it’s a Greek rock, so...
Two Pints of Theatre & a Packet of Crisps: English Mondays promise a provocative brew of cutting edge theatreEnglish is made for the stage. It’s a language Stephen Fry calls “ proudly barbaric, deeply civilized, a mongrel mouthful of Shakespearean and Ghetto discourse, a shameless whore.”And for expats in Vienna, there is never enough. English Mondays at Vienna’s experimental Schauspielhaus...
Twelfth Night
Vienna’s English Theatre presents Twelfth Nights in an uneven yet endearing versionAs the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death draws to a close, his inexplicable absence has been noted at Vienna’s English Theatre (VET). Yet all’s well that ends well: Straight from the Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik, director Helen Tennison brings the Bard’s  popular comedy Twelfth Night to the...
close-link
X