Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz: Legendary German Theatre in Chekhov's Ivanov
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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A great performance, very intense, very disturbing and strange. It seemed the giggling audience wouldn't get it, at least in the beginning. I don't know who came up with the notion of this being a comedy. There was nothing funny about the messed up characters "in the mist".. Kept me thinking long after the play was over.. Good to see a solid European play once in a while. They have never been corrupted by Disney & Hollywood. Thanks
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This was a very creative interpretation of the original play and I especially liked the fact it was in German (w/subititles). The acting was very good as were the staging and music. There were moments when I thought perhaps the play was trying a...continued
Since 1914, Berlin’s Volksbühne has been among the most prominent and revolutionary theater establishments of the past century, playing host to some of the most influential directors, writers, actors and set designers of its day including Max Reinhardt, Erich Engel, Bertolt Brecht, Heiner Müller and Emil Jannings. Led by renegade German theater director Frank Castorf, Volksbühne has a tradition for presenting provocative, controversial theater that tears down classical conventions, while also confirming them in a reflective way. Treading a fine line between broad comedy and tragic melodrama, Chekhov’s prescient first play anticipates the explosive revolutionary atmosphere of Russia at the turn of the century. In this bold interpretation, Bulgarian-born director Dimiter Gotscheff eliminates all traces of naturalism, resulting in an eerie stage shrouded with mist and stripped of stage props, reflecting the existential despair and spiritual stagnation of modern society.
In German with English supertitles.