Brecht's Schweyk in the Second World War Makes Its Chicago Debut
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The last date listed for Schweyk in the Second World War was Saturday November 10, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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great acting! great original music! i attended with my 92 year-old mom who was born and raised in prague and was quite familiar with "good soldier schweik". she had not heard of this WW2 schweyk by brecht. we were both happy to see it!
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A great and lesser known play by Bertolt Brecht, with a delightful main character, skillfully and comically played by Kevin Cox, a young ensemble surrounds and the evening is filled with music, with laughter and with the wry view of political...continued
In WWII occupied Czechoslovakia, Schweyk, a talkative dog-catcher, finds himself arrested, forced into the Nazi army, and wandering in the Russian tundra until he stumbles upon Hitler (whom Brecht has written as a vaudevillian puppet). Meanwhile in her Bohemian pub, a young widow waits with her country’s only remaining men: the misfits, idiots, and cowards incapable of war. Together, they sing of their struggles with love, violence, and the fear that they too will soon snap and start talking to the drunken Nazis who walk amongst them.
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