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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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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Online, the Show Goes On. But It’s Just Not the Same. by A.j. Goldmann

The recorded performances that theaters in Germany have put online while they are closed don’t live up to the real thing, our critic says.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Bringing Plague Tales Into Modern Times by A.j. Goldmann

The Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov is free from house arrest but isn’t allowed to leave Moscow. So actors from a Berlin theater went there to create his latest work.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Renewing the World (or the Theater, at Least) by A.j. Goldmann

An avant-garde Berlin director has sold out a 2,000-seat venue that usually draws crowds with death-defying acrobatics or rousing musical numbers.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Vienna’s Ambitious Burgtheater Tours the Ruins of Europe by A.j. Goldmann

Under a new artistic director, this season at Austria’s main playhouse includes 30 premieres, ranging from classical dramas to brand-new works.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Molière’s Still Funny (Even in German) by A.j. Goldmann

Two Berlin productions find different types of comedy in the great 17th-century playwright’s works.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Literary Classics, Cut Down to Size by A.j. Goldmann

Stage productions of “Anna Karenina” and “Don Quixote” turn sprawling novels into gripping theater.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Radical French Novels Welcomed to German Stages by A.j. Goldmann

Directors have adapted challenging works by Virginie Despentes and Michel Houellebecq, with varying levels of success.

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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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