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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Long, Dark Nights in Berlin’s Theaters by A.j. Goldmann

Berlin’s theater season opens with directors taking audiences through the fog of war, down the gloomy tunnels of cyberspace and into a world without hope.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

A German Festival Takes Aim at Western Culture by A.j. Goldmann

‘European democracy is, and always has been, a racist construct,’ according to the organizers of the Ruhrtrienniale.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

At Salzburg Festival, a Thrilling Provocation and a Promise Unfulfilled by A.j. Goldmann

Thomas Ostermeier’s new production of “Youth Without God” is the centerpiece of the drama offerings at this year’s event.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

At the Manchester International Festival, Bigger Isn’t Better by A.j. Goldmann

“Tree” and “Invisible Cities,” two blockbuster works, lack the impact of the festival’s more intimate experiences.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Theater Review: A Festival of German Theater, Where More Is More by A.j. Goldmann

Theatertreffen Berlin gathers the best productions from around Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Theater Review: A Nobel Prize Winner Puts Trump in Her Sights by A.j. Goldmann

Elfriede Jelinek’s latest, “Am Königsweg,” is one of several new productions of Austrian plays that engage with contemporary political realities.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

A Dark Playwright for Dark Times by A.j. Goldmann

In recent seasons, Odon von Horvath has become one of the most performed playwrights in the German-speaking world. But who is he, and why is he so popular now?

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: A Mixed Bag of New Plays in Berlin by A.j. Goldmann

The Schaubühne’s FIND Festival showcases new theater from around the world, from Brussels to Santiago, Chile, and Montreal to Barcelona, Spain.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Theater Review: These Plays Are 2,500 Years Old. But They Speak to Us Now. by A.j. Goldmann

Throughout Germany, ambitious modern reinventions of plays by Sophocles and Aeschylus argue for the timelessness of these ancient works.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Theater Review: Great American Plays, With a European Twist by A.j. Goldmann

Productions in the region often take liberties with the text. But in stagings of Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams, the directors (mostly) stick to the script.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Theater Review: Classic American Musicals, With a German Accent by A.j. Goldmann

From “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg, Austria, to “Candide” in Berlin, German-speaking theaters are bringing fresh appeal to repertory staples.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2018 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

Our three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey for the festive season.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

In German Theaters, Classic Movies Become Plays by A.j. Goldmann

Several new productions this season that take their cue from European film classics from the 1960s and ’70s, with adaptations of Visconti, Bergman and Polanski.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Theater Review: German Plays Tackle the World’s Woes, Current and Future by A.j. Goldmann

Productions in Berlin and Munich grapple with issues that shape our world.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Russia Locked Him Up. But He’s Directing an Opera 1,400 Miles Away. by A.j. Goldmann

Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest in Moscow, is staging a production of “Così Fan Tutte” in Zurich through a process closer to espionage than traditional theater.

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Theater Review: In Germany, Shakespeare Gets Revered, Rewritten … and Eaten by A.j. Goldmann

No playwright is more respected in Germany than Shakespeare. Some productions just have a strange way of showing it.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Marathon of New Plays Gives an Epic Start to Munich’s Theater Season by A.j. Goldmann

“Dionysos Stadt” is a 10-hour epic inspired by the Greek classics that traces the arc of human drama. It’s just one of many new productions on Munich’s stages.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

They Write Darn Good Plays. They Direct Them, Too. by A.j. Goldmann

A crop of new works written by their directors — or maybe directed by their playwrights — is lighting up stages in Berlin and Frankfurt at the beginning of the theater season.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Theater Review: An Eclectic Lineup at a Festival Dogged by Scandal by A.j. Goldmann

The Ruhrtrienniale festival in Germany presents unpredictable works in postindustrial settings. But this year controversy has overshadowed the event.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

At Salzburg Festival, High Passion and Redemption Onstage by A.j. Goldmann

It’s an event more associated with classical music, but drama is in its D.N.A. Two productions of German-language classics at the festival show differing approaches.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

In Conservative Munich, a Theater Turns Radical and Defends Refugees by A.j. Goldmann

Two plays at one of the city’s most important theaters make the case for accepting displaced people, as politics there is turning against them.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Berlin Theater: Books Spring to Life Onstage in Germany by A.j. Goldmann

From Édouard Louis’s novel “History of Violence” to Boccaccio’s 14th-century “Decameron,” German theaters love to mount literary adaptations.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Berlin Festival Celebrates 25-Year Theatrical Reign With 7-Hour ‘Faust’ by A.j. Goldmann

Frank Castorf led Berlin’s Volksbühne for a quarter century. One of his last productions is being presented again in a showcase of the year’s best German theater.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

German Theater Review: In Munich and Stuttgart, Directors Give the Classics a Twist by A.j. Goldmann

Restrained stagings of Schiller and Shakespeare are vital and exciting, but a production based on the New Testament falls flat.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Theater Director Held in Russia Finds an Audience in Berlin by A.j. Goldmann

A German residency for the Gogol Center, a leading Moscow avant-garde group, drew attention to the plight of its leader, Kirill S. Serebrennikov.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Revolution’s the Rage in German Theaters. But Don’t Expect Utopia. by A.j. Goldmann

Three plays in Munich and Berlin explore revolutionary ideas and utopian dreams.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jealousy, Infidelity, Murder, Lies: It’s All on Vienna’s Stages by A.j. Goldmann

High drama and deep moral questions are at the heart of two outstanding productions in Vienna: “The Ten Commandments” and “The Oresteia.”

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

In Germany’s Theaters, Stories of Exiles and Refugees by A.j. Goldmann

In Berlin and Munich, theater companies explore themes of exile and return in classics and new work, each directly addressing today’s refugee influx.

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