Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Verbrennungen, which we saw on the first night, started out as my favorite play and it remained my favorite play throughout the trip. I don't know if it was because it was the first one I saw, which made it that much more exciting, if it was the plot (which I managed to follow quite well, a little to my surprise), if it was the actors, or if it was a combination of all those factors. Either way, I'm very glad that Janet bought us all tickets.
Some things that stuck out to me were the music, the spit that flew out of the actors' mouths (I know Janet always tells us that, but it was different actually seeing it), and the intense expressions on the actors' faces (particularly the daughter, who very effectively showed her character's sorrow). I also liked it when the actors drew on the set, because I had never seen anything like that before. The show was quite different from the few plays I have seen in the United States. The set and costumes were minimal, where as shows in the US are often needlessly elaborate. I found this to be quite nice, because it helped to emphasize what was actually happening in the play, rather than distracting the audience. If anyone happens to be in Munich, I would highly recommend seeing this play.

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