The English Theatre of Hamburg is happy to announce its new play „Don’t misunderstand me“, written by the famous British actor and playwright Patrick Cargill. Premiere on Thursday 25 November, 2010, at 7.30 p.m. This light-hearted comedy about Charles, the nice middle-aged family man, who desperately tries to escape his short-lived affair with a young American girl, is most amusing. Perfect entertainment for the dead of winter!
We shall come back on the play after the premiere.
THE NEW “POLITICALLY INCORRECT” PLAY AT THE ENGLISH THEATRE OF HAMBURG
Von Uta Buhr
Before you say anything about racism in today’s United States of America, think twice! This is the message of Neil Labute’s play “This is how it goes.” Most of us naïve Europeans were of the opinion that racial prejudice between black and white Americans had long been abolished. We even thought that the New World could teach Europeans a lesson concerning racial harmony. However, Neil Labute boldly opens up old wounds und shows us that crude racism still lingers below the surface of Afro-Americans and white Americans alike.
The plot is set in small town America and deals with the repercussions of an interracial love triangle. Cheerleader Belinda, a pretty middle-class blonde, meets Cody, the star of the high school track team, falls in love with him and marries the black athlete. After school Cody starts a remarkable career as a successful businessman while Belinda stays at home with their two kids. Her life as stay-at-home mom and the delicate balance of her marriage with an Afro-American is troubled when a former high school friend – simply called “the man” in the play – turns up in town and rents the small apartment over the couple’s garage. “The man” comes up with embarrassing questions about who Belinda and Cody want to be, who they are and what made them that way. It soon becomes obvious that “the man” is deeply attracted by Belinda. This worries Cody who threatens to throw “the man” out of his house. Continue reading „English Theatre of Hamburg:“This is how it goes““
Rejoice! On September 9, 2010, the English Theatre of Hamburg will present its new premiere. “THIS IS HOW IT GOES” is the title of the play written by the famous American playwright Neil LaBute. It deals with such classic themes as prejudice, racism and – last but not least – bigotry. The topics of this gripping play are the still existing problems and tensions between black and white citizens in today’s America. The author does not care in the least for political correctness and thus adds a funny note to his drama. Neil LaBute who is of French Canadian, English and Irish ancestry, writes plays for the theatre and, at the same time, boasts an impressive record as a filmmaker. For example … “The Wicker Man” was an American version of a British cult classic which starred famous actors like Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn. A great British newspaper recently dubbed Neil LaBute “America’s misanthrope par excellence.” Let us put it this way: The author is absolutely free of any illusions and just calls a spade a spade.
In the lobby the spectators are greeted by a poster warning them not to catch a fright when confronted with the notorious
“smoking gun.” The explosion during the first act is indeed very impressive, the more so as one of the actors is shot dead and is lying in a pool of blood on the shining floor of Camille Dargus’s elegant Manhattan apartment. Come to that, this “youngish” lady is a famous jewelry designer with a preference for one-night-stands with attractive very young men. The night before, she had invited Billy, a handsome waiter, into her house. Nothing unusual so far. However, when she wanted to get rid of him in the morning, he refused
to leave and turned out to be a blackmailer who filmed their intimacies in her bedroom. Instead of getting hysterical, Camille kept a cool head und instantly called her security guard Ted to throw her unwelcome visitor out of her flat. From now on this very intricate story gains momentum. It is very essential to listen very closely to every word exchanged between the actors on stage. Is Billy really dead and which role does the beefy Ted play in this murderous game? What happened to Camille’s rich husband who left her a fortune after his death? And what finally became of that mysterious son of hers? Continue reading „The English theatre of Hamburg“