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Friday, January 21, 2022

After Being Stuck in Russia, Kirill Serebrennikov Directs a Play in Germany by A.j. Goldmann

Kirill Serebrennikov is living under a three-year travel ban, but to his surprise, Russian authorities approved his request to direct a play in Hamburg.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

When Britney Came to Brecht’s House by A.j. Goldmann

The Berliner Ensemble, once known for reverent productions of plays by its founder, Bertolt Brecht, has come roaring into a new decade.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2021 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Standing Army of Actors Keeps Germany’s Theaters Going by A.j. Goldmann

In a country where the director is king, it’s the hundreds of full-time players in the many house ensembles who have assured that the lights stayed on during the pandemic.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

René Pollesch Aims for a ‘Safe Space’ at the Volksbühne in Berlin by A.j. Goldmann

René Pollesch is the fourth boss of the Volksbühne in four years. The Berlin theater is pinning hopes of a return to its former vibrancy on his collaborative approach.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Broken Women, Made Whole Onstage by A.j. Goldmann

In Kornel Mundruczo’s “Pieces of a Woman” and an Annie Ernaux adaptation, “Memory of a Girl,” stage directors explore post-traumatic psychology and the workings of mental recall.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

A Rare ‘Othello’ Puts the Spotlight on Race by A.j. Goldmann

With a Black-led production of Shakespeare’s play, an Austrian theater hopes to jump-start a conversation about racism and the need for diversity on the country’s stages.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Two Theaters, Different Worlds by A.j. Goldmann

Munich is throwing off a provincial reputation to become a global cultural powerhouse. Yet tensions between local and cosmopolitan impulses in the city’s playhouses remain.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Neil LaBute Seeks ‘The Answer to Everything’ in Germany by A.j. Goldmann

The American playwright’s first new play since he parted ways with his theater in 2018 during the #MeToo movement finds a stage far from New York.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

From a Contemporary Drama Festival, Tales of Art and Survival by A.j. Goldmann

At Berlin’s FIND festival of new international drama, some plays tackle big themes while others reject being useful.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Oedipus Takes to the Stages in Berlin by A.j. Goldmann

Four interpretations of the Greek myth have been produced in the German capital, all with resonances for our moment.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

At Two Summer Festivals, Offerings That Are Gloomy and Grim by A.j. Goldmann

The Salzburg Festival and the Ruhrtriennale host a series of theatrical pieces, both old and new, that seem to reflect our troubled time.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

‘The Threepenny Opera,’ Without the ‘Cabaret’ Clichés by A.j. Goldmann

Don’t expect bowler hats and dirty negligees in a new production at the Berliner Ensemble, the theater Bertolt Brecht founded.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

After a Winter of Discontent, a Glorious Summer in Salzburg by A.j. Goldmann

The theater offering at the Alpine festival features reworked classics by Shakespeare and one of the event’s founders.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Generational Divides Emerge Onstage in Germany by A.j. Goldmann

At newly reopened playhouses, once-legendary and younger directors take very different approaches to their mammoth productions.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

With ‘Dramazon Prime,’ Streamed Theater Goes Head-to-Head With TV by A.j. Goldmann

A German playhouse realizes it’s no longer competing merely against other local venues for audience attention.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Theater Review: ‘Polis/Reset’ at the Volksbühne in Berlin by A.j. Goldmann

The drama behind the scenes at the Volksbühne in Berlin has surpassed any onstage. A series of premieres involving vengeful gods, inescapable fates and tragic flaws seems apt.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Digital Festival, in the Spirit of Bertolt Brecht by A.j. Goldmann

The directors of the Brecht Festival Augsburg have curated an online-only event that runs the gamut from experimental films to poetry slams and puppetry.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Theaters Go Digital to Talk About Life (and Death) in the Pandemic by A.j. Goldmann

German playhouses are finding innovative ways to forge connections while their doors are closed.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Great Stage Acting Shines Through, Even From a Laptop Screen by A.j. Goldmann

The Lessingtage theater festival, held online this year because of the pandemic, shows some of Europe’s finest performers, in classic plays by Brecht, Schiller, Ibsen and others.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

With Germany’s Theaters Closed, the Drama’s Online. Again. by A.j. Goldmann

The show must go on, despite a second lockdown, with livestreamed premieres and recent recordings.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

For Germany’s Theaters, a Reluctant Intermission by A.j. Goldmann

A second lockdown has put productions on hold and added extra drama to an already fraught theater season.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

In Munich, a Theater’s Ambitious New Era Starts Mid-Pandemic by A.j. Goldmann

Barbara Mundel takes over as artistic director of the Münchner Kammerspiele, lately perhaps the most consistently exciting playhouse in Germany.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

In Berlin Theaters, the Curtain Rises on a ‘Corona Season’ by A.j. Goldmann

Some of the city’s major playhouses are presenting pandemic-delayed premieres in sparsely populated auditoriums, with much of the seating removed.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Theater Review: 'Jedermann' and ‘Everywoman’ at the Salzburg Festival by A.j. Goldmann

The pseudo-medieval morality tale “Jedermann” inaugurated the first Salzburg Festival with an outdoor performance in 1920. The world premiere of “Everywoman” expands the concept beyo…

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Nobel Laureate’s New Play Revives a Tragic, Forgotten Figure by A.j. Goldmann

Peter Handke’s “Zdenek Adamec” imagines the psychological motivations of a young man who hoped to change the world by setting himself on fire, but whose name is now hardly known.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Masks On in a Near-Empty Hall: Germany’s Theaters Return by A.j. Goldmann

Playhouses are finding ways to keep drama going, despite coronavirus restrictions.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Backstage Walk That’s Pure Drama by A.j. Goldmann

A German theater has created a walk-through performance that works with social distancing and hygiene measures to result in a new kind of aesthetic experience.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

'The Plague' and 'Dekalog' Show Innovation in German-Language Theater by A.j. Goldmann

In an artistic world that constantly deconstructs itself, the creators of “The Plague” and “Dekalog” turned toward digital tools, with self-filmed actors and direction from the audie…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

An Online Theater Festival Where the Future Is Female by A.j. Goldmann

If this year’s Theatertreffen had gone ahead, it would have featured more women-led productions than ever before. Instead, an online version of the German festival features an even greater…

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Dissident Company Celebrates 15 Years Underground by A.j. Goldmann

The Belarus Free Theater had ambitious plans for its anniversary. The coronavirus stopped them, but the troupe is used to finding ways to keep going in tough times.

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