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VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

Vienna is a commodious city for a film festival. Skirting the Ring is the small ensemble of cinemas, coterminous with trams, bicycle- and footpaths, rustling through crisp seasonal mists biding one’s time between films. Just three days into the festival, there was already a lot to take in. The Viennale’s Opening Gala, on 24 October, […]

Black Tie at the English Theatre: This clash of generations thrives on one-liners

A dyed-in-the-wool Republican returns from the grave to help his son through his rehearsal dinner. “Show me a bride that doesn’t blush,” the old man says, “and I’ll show you a Democrat that doesn’t spend money.” It’s one of many good one-liners in A.R. Gurney’s new clash-of-generations comedy, now playing at Vienna’s English Theatre. Let […]

Laurel & Hardy A Touchingly Comic Tragedy

Laurel & Hardy A Touchingly Comic Tragedy

If you asked people to name famous double acts, it wouldn’t take long to get to the names Laurel and Hardy. The stout, florid Oliver Hardy and the lean, mild-mannered Stan Laurel remain the quintessential fat man/thin man pairing, and were one of the most successful teams in early American cinema. Despite their classic status […]

Ticket Giveaway for a Night of English Comedy

Ticket Giveaway for a Night of English Comedy

The Vienna Review is pleased to present a drawing for 2 complimentary tickets to a night of comedy with UK stand-up Nick Wilty and Ireland’s own Janice Phayre, organized by Baby Blue Banana Comedy Club. After eight years of hitchhiking around the world, Wilty continues to be a journeyman of the comedy circuit having performed […]

Improvising History

It was already dark outside when I entered the Theater in der Drachengasse, on a hidden side street off the Fleischmarkt in Vienna’s 1st District. Sliding in passed the thicket at the small bar area to the right, I followed the center aisle and found a seat somewhere in the middle of the intimate theater. The […]

Apology Accepted

Apology Accepted

The comedians of Chicago’s Second City wanted to apologize for the past eight years in America. “We’re sorry about George W. Bush. We really are.” In town for a week at Vienna’s English Theater in March, they were intent on dispelling all those pesky stereotypes about Americans that have caused ex-pats across Europe to go […]

Seriously Funny

Seriously Funny

Cabaret in Vienna is alive and well. The Kabarett-Theaters are often packed to capacity, and while some did have to close, other have taken their place. The most popular of the comedians have made it to feature films and to cabaret-type shows on television, transferring the format and presenting it to a nation-wide audience, albeit […]

Borat Offensive

Ali G, Brüno and Borat are the three main characters of the England-bred comedy show that has catapulted the host and impersonator, Sacha Baron-Cohen, into Hollywood heaven. Although he would surely not define it as such. The Ali G Show began on Channel 4 in the UK, devised as a comedic satire that used the […]

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