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245 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz: Chekhov's "Ivanov"
7 ratings
4.9 average rating
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103 events
55 reviews
25 stars
attended Dec 04 2008

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...continued

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KLE
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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 03 2008

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

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7 events
2 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 04 2008

I wondered if the giggling audience members were part of the production, a sort of Brechtian touch.

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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.

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