Baby’s First Castorf

In case you hadn’t heard, Sunday’s „Baal“ was the last „Baal.“ It was also my first Castorf. Before Sunday, I knew about as much about Frank Castorf as fellow blogger Annegret Märten (for your own primer, see her delightful post here). Honestly, I’d probably heard as much about Chris Dercon, his Volksbühne successor. BUT WE’RE NOT TALKING… Baby’s First Castorf weiterlesen

Little Sausages of Truth: „Die lächerliche Finsternis“

Note: I know Theatertreffen is over, and that „Die lächerliche Finsternis“ closed already. But sometimes our thoughts need time to marinate. #betterlatethannever Intermissions can be deadly. Welcome, for sure—we all have to pee sometimes, or buy an overpriced Laugenbrezel—but they can stall a show’s momentum, for the performers as well as for the audience. Not so… Little Sausages of Truth: „Die lächerliche Finsternis“ weiterlesen

Stückemarkt Revisited: Chris Thorpe Interview on „Confirmation“

After being invited to the Stückemarkt last year, performer Chris Thorpe returns to Berlin with a new piece as part of Stückemarkt Revisited. Rebecca Jacobson and Annegret Märten talked to him about his show, „Confirmation,“ which is on until Saturday at English Theatre Berlin. „Confirmation,“ written and performed by Chris Thorpe Directed by Rachel Chavkin Photo… Stückemarkt Revisited: Chris Thorpe Interview on „Confirmation“ weiterlesen

Party Poopers: „Das Fest“

Wobbling out of “Das Fest,” all I can see is a swirl of red and yellow and blue and green. This image—endless confetti, showering onto the stage—is a stunning one, like cherry blossoms suddenly loosed by a springtime windstorm. And it happens at least four or five times during Christopher Rüping’s adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s… Party Poopers: „Das Fest“ weiterlesen

English Audio Review: John Gabriel Borkman

Rebecca Jacobson and Annegret Märten from the TT-Blog sat down with theatre blogger and academic Holger Syme to discuss Karin Henkel’s production of „John Gabriel Borkman“. We talk about Ibsen’s play and discuss masks, music and monstrous physicality.     John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen directed by Karin Henkel, Design: Katrin Nottrodt, costumes: Nina von Mechow, music:… English Audio Review: John Gabriel Borkman weiterlesen

„Borkman“ zum Nachspielen

Die Redaktion vom Theatertreffen-Blog hat sich eine der zehn bemerkenswerten Inszenierungen ausgewählt, um mit dieser eine spezielle Form der Besprechung zu versuchen. 3,2,1: Es ist „John Gabriel Borkman”. Wir haben geschrieben und kalkuliert und gecoded. Jetzt ist sie da, unsere Twine Kritik. Das Ganze funktioniert wie ein Spiel. Also einfach auf diesen Link klicken. Let´s play!   John… „Borkman“ zum Nachspielen weiterlesen

Come on in, the water’s fine: „Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln“

In the introduction to 2009’s “Atlas of Remote Islands,” Judith Schalansky describes her book as “primarily a poetic project.” The book—subtitled “Fifty Islands I Have Never Visited and Never Will”—contains precise maps of these faraway places, and passages about the islands’ histories. The texts blur fiction and reality, and it’s rarely the stuff of an… Come on in, the water’s fine: „Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln“ weiterlesen

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave

Tom Struyf is the sort of guy who purrs when he’s happy—say, when he’s eating Nutella. He’s the sort of guy who’s told by a girl, after their first date, that “she believes she finds him nice.” He’s the sort of guy who, as a six-year-old, put out his own newspaper, and kept publishing it, encroaching… If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave weiterlesen

RE: Carvalho – Anmerkungen und Fragen des Blogorchesters

Am Sonntag veröffentlichten wir an dieser Stelle einen Protest-Zwischenruf von Wagner Carvalho, der seitdem für einiges Aufsehen gesorgt hat. Auch bei uns im Blogorchester wird heiß diskutiert und die Meinungen gehen auseinander. Wir haben deshalb einige Statements, aber auch Fragen der Blogger*innen an Wagner Carvalho gesammelt und hier zusammengestellt. Oliver Franke: „Lieber Herr Carvalho, Sie… RE: Carvalho – Anmerkungen und Fragen des Blogorchesters weiterlesen