La Noce by Bertold Brecht and according to Oskaras Koršunovas
A scathing comedy written by Bertold Brecht in his twenties, La Noce chez les petits bourgeois (A Wedding) limns the picture of the rancid bourgeois world of Germany in the twenties, crushed under the weight of conventions and the loss of values.
Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht Protected content Protected content 14 August Protected content , known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet.
Living in Munich during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes with theatre plays, whose themes were often influenced by his Marxist thought. He was the main proponent of the genre named epic theatre (which he preferred to call "dialectical theatre"). During the Nazi period and World War II he lived in exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the United States. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time collaborator, actress Helene Weigel.
Lithuanian director Oskaras Koršunovas takes hold of this transgressive farce to exploit the comic potential of a performance where improvisation rules. By adding contemporary extracts, he anchors it in Lithuanian society but more importantly highlights its universality.
“Here’s to the happy couple!”. The ceremony over with, it’s now time for the wedding feast and everyone is at the table. The newlyweds, the father, the sister, the friends: little by little the masks come off and all the hypocrisy in the relations between the characters is revealed, from arguments to the settling of scores. As the aggressions mount, even the sets crack and the furniture starts falling apart and breaking.
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