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Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

The play Laurel & Hardy, about the lives and careers of the funny and famous pair (played by Eric Lomas and Robert G. Neumayr), opens 16 February and runs through 9 March. The Open House Theatre Company’s production isn’t all laughs – the story relates the duo’s memories and reflections, as they look back on […]

Eric Lomas: Theatre in Two Worlds

Eric Lomas: Theatre in Two Worlds

Actor-Director Eric Lomas is something of a phenomenon even in a theatre-obsessed town like Vienna. Born in Styria to an Austrian father and English mother, he left for England at 16 to train with the Westcountry Theatre Company, in Torquay; at 19 he launched a youth theatre called Frontal Theatre in his home town of […]

Slamming: Words Are All You’ve Got

Vienna’s Café Prückel is not easily impressed by great poets and writers. After all, too many are already there slouching in a corner, sipping a single Melange for hours while writing their masterpieces in the old café. In order to get poets out of a coffee house chair and into the spotlight, Prückel has its […]

Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

New York, summer 2007. After eight years as director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the government’s flagship for promoting Austrian contemporary art in America, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein had clearly won over the city’s cultural elite, not to mention his own staff. Observing him as a summer intern, it was easy to see why. Unusual for an […]

Longing for Austria

I am an unsettled personality. I love my homeland of Austria, but if I spend too much time here, an invisible string starts pulling me outside the borders of this country. This leaves me feeling unsettled, the voice that calls me to the Great Beyond – I am a modern-day nomad. But then, finally abroad, […]

Mélange & Molière

Mélange & Molière

A minute table and two chairs next to a towering bookshelf was the only seat still available at Café Phil on this rainy evening. How convenient. Too convenient almost. There had to be a catch. But then again, the literary café, bookstore and cinema buffet is hard to categorise. I let that thought go and […]

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