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The Collector: Dungeons and Drama

The Collector: Dungeons and Drama

To say that John Fowles’ book The Collector is controversial is something of an understatement. First published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a socially awkward young man who collects butterflies. Infatuated with the beautiful and (to him) unapproachable art student Miranda Grey, he resorts to “collecting” her, imprisoning her in a […]

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 […]

Burgtheater Keeps Popular Actor Meyerhoff

Popular Burgtheater star Joachim Meyerhoff will remain as part of the in-house ensemble for the rest of the 2012/2013 season. The Burgtheater announced that he would be leaving Vienna to join the cast of the Hamburg Playhouse (Hamburger Schauspielhaus), beginning next season under director Karin Beier. However for now, his roles in multiple repertory productions […]

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 2013

To the Editor The idea for the classified ads is just great!! It also presents an opportunity to say that we always look forward reading The Vienna Review! It might interest you too, that I attended both productions of: the Vienna’s English Theatre’s Lend Me a Tenor and the new Open House Company’s adaption of […]

The Woman in Black: A Thriller Within a Thriller

The Woman in Black: A Thriller Within a Thriller

A man is desperate to rid himself of post-traumatic nightmares and searches for a way to communicate his story: A case worthy of Freud translates into a fine dramatic conceit for Stephen Mallatratt’s gothic hit The Woman in Black, which runs through 2 March at Vienna’s English Theatre. This compulsively watchable two-actor play, directed by […]

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

First published in 1887, the story of Anna Karenina still feels modern. Even 125 years later, Leo Tolstoy’s novel of stifled love in the perfumed salons of 19th century aristocratic Russia remain gripping. This social tapestry of culture and character woven together, meticulously unveiling all characters through a shifting of voice and perspective, has retained […]

An American Night: New Plays from the U.S.A.

An American Night: New Plays from the U.S.A.

On 18 January, the stage of the Schauspielhaus Wien is in American hands: In cooperation with Washington D.C.-based director Gillian Drake, the theatre presents four plays by contemporary, young American authors. In addition to Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, Annie Baker’s The Aliens and Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, read in excerpts, Amy Herzog’s new play 4000 […]

West End Winters in the Innere Stadt

West End Winters in the Innere Stadt

Beginning Thursday, 10 January and for three nights only, the Theater Drachengasse debuts the new musical cabaret West End Winters. The cast includes well-known names like Kieran Brown, who played Dr. Dillamond in the play Wicked at the Apollo Theatre, Caroline Frank, recently in the Raimund Theater’s Ich War Noch Niemals in New York, as […]

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Pan-Balkan production of The Odyssey goes on tour

Macedonian playwright Goran Stefanovski’s rendition of the classic Odyssey completed an initial run in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to rave reviews. One of the largest co-productions ever arranged in the Balkans, its cast features actors and actresses from across the ex-Yugoslavia region, led by Croatian Ozren Grabarić in the role of Odysseus. Participating institutions include […]

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