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"A Lost American in Germany" - in Koeln! (Cologne)

My name is Kathleen Renish and I'm a member in Cologne. I have been performing my one-woman show, "A Lost American in Germany" since last November in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, NYC and outside of Phila. In September, I am performing the show again in Koeln on Sept. 15 at Arkadas Theater - Buehne der Kulturen . I've also set up InterNations event at :

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I've had some InterNations members at my shows in Cologne earlier this year and I would love it if some members could come again.
Thanks and hope to see you!

Take care,

Kathleen Renish

The show starts at 8:00 p.m. 20 Uhr!!!

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September 15, Protected content
Arkadas Theater – Buehne der Kulturen, Platenstr. 32, Protected content
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14,- / 11,-
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Es war einmal ein kleines Mädchen aus einem großen, seltsamen Land...

Erfahren Sie alles über Kathleen Renish, eine verrückte Amerikanerin, die ihre ebenso durchgedrehte wie stockkatholische Familie in Pennsylvania zurücklässt, um mit einer amerikanischen Musical-Truppe mitten in den Mauerfall Protected content platzen.

Erfahren Sie, warum Kathleen trotz deutscher TV-Polizei, trotz Putzwahn und „Dritte-Welt“ Waschmaschinen doch in diesem Land hängen blieb. Erfahren Sie alles über die Liebe und was die „Ge-merikans“* daraus machen.

Ein lustiger, warmherziger, spritziger Abend in deutsch-amerikanischer Sprache mit kulturellen Missverständnissen, handfesten Missgeschicken, sprachlichen Missgriffen - und nicht zuletzt mit der wunderbaren, singenden Ms. Renish.

* Ge-merikans - in Deutschland lebende Amerikaner
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Once upon a time there was a little girl from a big strange country...

Learn everything about Kathleen Renish, a crazy American, who left her whacky and orthodox Catholic family in Pennsylvania, only to crash land with a musical company in Germany right when the Berlin Wall came down!

Why Kathleen decided never to leave Germany again - despite her own culture shocks - like the German TV police, housecleaning craze and third world washing machines. Or rather: Find out everything about the power of love - and how the “Ge-mericans“* see it.

Enjoy a funny, warm-hearted, lively evening in German and American English full of cultural misunderstandings, genuine mishaps, linguistic mistakes - and, after all, with the wonderful singing Ms. Renish

* Ge-mericans - Americans living in Germany

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Presseresonanz:
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Von einem seltsamen Land zum anderen

„I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York“ – ein ähnliches Lied singt auch die Kabarettistin Kathleen Renish, allerdings aus einem etwas anderen Blickwinkel…

Von wegen, man kann sich über die Amis nur wundern. Schon mal daran gedacht, was ihnen wohl so über Deutschland durch den Kopf schießt. Die charmante Amerikanerin Kathy erzählt mit ihrem Programm „A lost American in Germany“ ihre Lebensgeschichte samt allen Missgeschicken im fremden Land. Sie ließ ihre etwas verrückte und strengkatholische Familie in Pennsylvania zurück und kam Protected content einer Musical-Truppe nach Deutschland. Sie blieb und lebt immer noch in Köln, obwohl sie eine klare Meinung zur deutschen TV-Polizei und zum Putzwahn hat.

Mit viel Humor und Gesang schildert Ms Renish, wie sie zum Ge-merican geworden ist, was sie als solcher alles erlebt hat und wieso sie nur zustimmen kann, wenn es heißt „Deutsche Sprache – schwere Sprache“.

The Story of Kathleen Renish’s life - authentisch, bewegend, inspirierend und natürlich super komisch.

Here is the ENGLISH TRANSLATION of the review of the show:

From one strange country to the next…"I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York“: The cabaret artist Kathleen Renish sings a similar song - but from a slightly different point of view…There is much to be said about "the Americans" – and have you ever wondered what they might think about Germany? In her show "A Lost American in Germany", charming Kathleen tells her life story, including all mishaps that occurred to her in this "strange land". She left behind her slightly quirky and very catholic family in Pennsylvania and came to Germany as a member of a musical ensemble in Protected content . Kathleen still lives in Cologne, despite having her very own views about the German "TV police" and the ubiquitous German cleaning frenzy.Her show is full of fun and song, and Ms. Renish explains how she became “Ge-merican” and why she totally agrees when someone says: "Deutsche Sprache – schwere Sprache“ (German language – difficult language).Kathleen Renish’s life story is - authentic, moving, inspiring and very funny.

Publikumresonanz:

Comments from the June 29, Protected content Tell Mama, NYC performance:

Kathleen Renish's 'A Lost American in Germany' touches on the broader issues of belonging, anywhere, and not belonging, and all the strange customs you can encounter even in your own family. Weaving family history and her experiences in Germany into a colorful, humorous web, Kathleen catches us all, and we lose track of time and place, willingly transported into the story. With stage magic and personal charm she reveals the absurd and the hilarious aspects of culture clash. Having lived in Germany myself I love being able to laugh at what at times had been quite difficult. The story is partly carried through Kathleen's accomplished and warm hearted singing. I feel like more Germans and Americans need to see this show.

Comments from the June 24, Protected content Music Cafe, USA performance:

The show was amazing!! You captured the essence of the cultural differences between Germany and America with humor and pathos. The music was right on for each part of the show. The audience really got to know you, with the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows.

Comments from the May 31, Protected content Theater - Buehne der Kulturen performance IN GERMAN:

...ich bin grade von deiner Show gekommen und dachte lieber früher als später schreiben, manchmal nimmt man sich sowas vor und macht es aber dann nie. Ich habe es sehr genossen, viel geschmunzelt, gelacht und auch geweint... Ich fand es schön das du diesen sehr emotionalen Moment mit deinem Publikum geteilt hast, danke dafür. And as we all know...we are not gone we are just somewhere else and love never dies.Liebe Grüße und viel Erfolg in Philly und New York...”

Comments from the April 24, Protected content Theater - Buehne der Kulturen performance:

...ganz herzlichen Dank für den wundervollen Abend gestern. Ich habe viel gelacht, aber auch Tränen vergossen...ein wirklich tolles Programm, eine tolle Darbietung, Sie haben eine wundervolle Stimme, und es war einfach ein Vergnügen, Ihnen zuzuhören und zuzusehen.

Gerne komme ich am 31.05. wieder - denn dafür habe ich schon Karten. Ich freue mich, Sie demänchst mal wiederzusehen...

Comments from the March 18, Protected content - Der Preis fuer Starke Frauen performance:

“...your show was just amazing tonight! I am definitely coming to see your show in Cologne...:) Thank you very much!!!”...

“…Your show was very exhilarating and we have had fun.”...

Comments from the March 11, Protected content Theater performance:

“...Thank you for this wonderful evening. You are so phantastic, wonderful and marvellous. Thank you for inviting me...”

“...You did rock Kathleen! Just magic your performance. Thank you for the touchy moments...”

“...That was a fantastic show! Ich habe gelacht, ich war berührt, ich hab geweint! Einfach alles dabei! Toll! Danke!..

“...We had a good time last night and enjoyed your performance. One notices your stage professionalism and you look good and move well...What the public really liked were the instances of misunderstandings between the German and English languages as they could relate themselves to that as well, especially in the second half after the break... the show keeps moving very well and you do hold our attention...We wish you continued success in the next two shows at the Arkadas Theater...”

”...Es hat mir vieles sehr gut gefallen.”

“...in deiner Show konnte man alles super verstehen. Es war toll. Wir haben so viel gelacht. Du bist wunderschön und es war ein phantasticher Abend. Thanks. And see you next time in Arkadas Theater!..”

“...I was really impressed by your personality and touched by your performance and story! Although I’m European, I could relate to you very well, since I left my home, when I was 18, and moved to Germany leaving my family in Slovakia. You have an amazing voice and are a fabulous actor and storyteller. I will see you in your next shows, and will definitely come again...”

Comments from the January 28, Protected content Theater- Buehne der Kulturen performance:

“...I was there yesterday night and I loved it! So emotional, so funny, so confident, so close to us, your public, congratulations!! You are so right in your descriptions of this country and its people. I am an “immigrant” too (born und studied in France, travelled and worked around the world and came to Germany in Protected content I could recognize myself in all your experiences. As you were telling about it, it was just like remembering all these things for me. I think we have a lot in common. Like you I am “imported” here, like you I often feel like an alien, like you I played theater …and it was a great feeling! It’s incredible, when you produce yourself on a stage, you send so many vibes to your public… In that moment, the only thing that counts is the human dimension. It’s just you and them! And the more you give, the more you get back and the more confident and generous you get, a wonderful ascention!.

I will recommend your show to my friends, you can count on it! I already made a complete report to my boyfriend about it this morning at breakfast and he could not believe it! I wish you so much luck with your show around Germany and keep my fingers crossed that you keep on performing in front of sold out places – like yesterday. Take care, Kathleen and thank you so much for this wonderful evening.”

"... Thanks a lot for a wonderful evening with lots of laugh Kathleen in Arkadas Theater of Cologne on 28th January Protected content . It's amazing how much power of warm energy you have inside you, giving so much to the audience telling about your exiting experiences in life with a great sense of humour. My warmest recommendation for your shows..."

Comments from the Dec. 17 Lichtung performance:
“wir waren sehr begeistert von deiner Show! Die Idee ist einfach einmalig!

Du hast sie mit viel Mühe und Liebe für´s Detail aufgebaut - das merkte man direkt. Wir haben teils sehr gelacht... und teils saßen wir mit großen Augen da und haben einfach nur zugehört.

Danke für einen sehr vielseitigen Abend!! Weiter so!”

“...Diese Performance ist toll! Kathleen greift das Leben so zart - alle Hürden und Schicksalsschläge inbegriffen, sieht sie doch den Humor und die Liebe in Allem. Damit regt sie dazu an, den Reichtum des eigenen Lebens zu begreifen und zu genießen. Selten habe ich von einem Performer so viel Persönlichkeit wie auch Verwundbarkeit geboten bekommen. Plus: es gibt viel zu lachen in dieser interaktiven Show. Ich hoffe, du wirst noch viele Möglichkeiten bekommen, dieses Programm zu zeigen!”

“...I guess that was the sweetest show we have ever seen. In a funny way she made the audience a part of her life by telling all these wonderful stories. That show convinced us that it's not important to have a big stage, big lights and all that stuff. All that counts was Kathy and her unique charisma.One more example for: The best stories are told by life! We had a great evening.
Thanks for that wonderful performance...”

Comments from the audience at the Premiere, November 22, Protected content

“...dass für mich die Zeit im Flug vergangen ist... Ich habe Tränen gelacht, war geruehrt und habe viele Tränen vergossen. Mein Make-up war danach auch im Eimer...”

"...Gute Mischung aus Humor, Gesang und Story..."

“ it was so full of truth...”
“...authentic...”
“... funny as hell...”
“... I could relate exactly to what you were saying...”
“...very moving...”
“...wonderfully sung...”
“...beautiful voice...”
“...what a great green fairy!”
“...very inspiring...”

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