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Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie is always a treat. A full parade of villains and charmers, elegant settings from a time we feel was much nicer than our own, and a twist in the tale that keeps us engaged to the end. Witness for the Prosecution, originally not a play at all but a short story entitled Traitor […]

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

By all accounts, Niccolò Paganini led an interesting life: Part of the first crop of world-famous violin virtuosos, his skill on the fiddle was unrivalled: He was capable of playing an entire concerto on a single string – a near necessity, as he frequently broke strings during performances. It is not his skill however, but […]

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

The Volksoper started the dance season with two premieres on their evening of Märchenwelt or Fairy Tale World. Staatsoper dancer and young choreographer Andrey Kaydanovsky opened the evening with an updated Ugly Duckling to an excellent performance of Ravel’s Pictures from an Exhibition. In an evening of anthropmorphism, Patrick Hullman’s performance as a tyrannical turkey […]

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Dear Liar is Jerome Kilty’s adaptation of the 41-year correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and the celebrated actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, which began in late-Victorian London in 1899 and ended with the death of “Mrs. Pat” in France in 1940. Excerpts from these letters, interspersed with explanations addressed directly to the audience, provide the dialogue […]

What Makes Vienna’s Next Top Artist?

What Makes Vienna’s Next Top Artist?

It’s a reliable formula for insanely successful TV shows: People compete to live their dreams. From American Idol to Project Runway, shows have looked for dancers, singers, models, wives, designers, with something called the X-factor, whatever that is.  But in an all new series, Vienna’s Next Top Artist, a theatre collective called God’s Entertainment is […]

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

In 1963, Ruth Brinkmann premiered in Dear Liar in Vienna, performing in her wedding dress. An American, recently graduated from Yale University School of Drama and determined to be an actress, Brinkman had come to Europe for a year abroad, before getting down to building a career in America. But in Vienna, she wandered into […]

Comedians Wanted!

Comedians Wanted!

So you think you’re funny? Still waiting for your 15 minutes of comedy fame?  Then it’s your time to shine: Dylan Moran, Irish actor and stand-up comedian, is looking for an opening act for his first-ever show in Austria in Vienna’s Gartenbaukino on 1 October. There will be an open casting on 20 September from 10 to […]

ImPulsTanz: Provocation and Mastery

ImPulsTanz: Provocation and Mastery

ImPulsTanz is back for its 30th anniversary. Every summer Vienna becomes the centre of Europe’s contemporary dance world for a month and 2013 appears an especially fine vintage. ImPulsTanz is rare among festivals, as it includes both extended workshops (pro, amateur, beginner) along with an exciting performance programme.   Performance driven workshops Many of the […]

Open Air: The Taming of the Shrew

Open Air: The Taming of the Shrew

The Vienna Review and ADG Europe will be giving away two pairs of tickets for Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” The winners of the competition are Andreea Solomon and Kathrin Mandl. Congratulations to the Winners! The Vienna Review still has a special offer for subscribers (tickets for €20), non-subscribers (tickets for €25) and students (tickets for €16). To […]

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