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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sleuth

Sleuth
Vienna’s English Theatre presents Anthony Shaffer’s exemplary thriller, filled with deceit and deception Ever popular on English-language stages since its premiere in 1970, Sleuth is highly structured, stylized and notorious for its many unexpected twists – the audience of the original production was even asked to keep mum about the plot as the complicated storyline was a major factor in...
A darkly relevant play about a clash of disparate cultures with more in common than first meets the eye.   With Vienna in a mood of high alert after the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris on November 13, and the violent sexual assaults on hundreds of German women by alcohol-fueled migrants at the Cologne Train Station on New Year’s Eve, relevance...
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. While the film’s somewhat generic love...
john waters show performance
Cinematic legend John Waters continues his crusade against the tyranny of good taste Since his seminal releases in the 1970s, John Waters has amassed a litany of dubious monikers: The Pope of Trash, The Sultan of Smut, The Prince of Puke. Such epithets would push most artists into an early retirement, but the producer and director of the cult movie...
der menschenfeind
The archetypal angry middle-aged male splutters to life in Molière’s Der Menschenfeind (The Misanthrope) Our current love affair with the instant gratification of insults cannot be blamed solely on an unfiltered social media culture. Misanthropy – hating humanity – has been a comic staple for centuries, most notably in the character Alceste, the self-righteous foil of Molière’s Le Misanthrope, and...
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...
Fin-de-siècle Slavic despair takes center stage at the Volkstheater If Anton Chekhov had been a painter, his palette would have been bleak, with sudden splashes of red. An astute observer of the human soul, he usually portrayed his tormented characters as misunderstood and helpless. The eponymous main character of his play Ivanov is a case in point. A middle-aged man with...
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...
The .EVOLve Theater company delves into the love that binds Ms. Barbara Wolfram glides into Café ­Goldegg, a stone’s throw from Belvedere Palace. No jewelry or make up. Nothing fancy. She takes a moment. Gently spoken, she begins. We sit, mindful of our comfort and privilege. Something the .EVOLve Theater Company, which she co-founded and directs, does not take for granted. ...
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