by Thomas Bernhard
Played and directed by
Teatrino Giullare Production
with Regione Emilia Romagna and
Comune di Bologna
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Here everything moves in the most unnatural way
which is, after all, the most natural thing in the world.
A visionary staging by Teatrino Giullare as it wrestles with the verbal delirium of Thomas Bernhard and the staggering depth of his writing. The distorted humanity of Bernhardís characters finds appropriate expression in the lyricism of the Company which has made the relationship between the human and the artificial the very substance of its creative research. The staging is both disciplined and innovative, with surprising scene stealers that enhance the rhythm and fascinatingly ambiguous nature of the play.
A rather inhumane mother and her inflexible daughter prepare for their usual holiday by the sea; in the midst of old clothes and distant memories, there is a hovering anxiety over the imminent arrival of the new and practically unknown travelling companion. The ritual packing and unpacking of suitcases and the anxious feeling of reaching a destination that is already known to be disappointing is explored by a great playwright who is spiky, cynical, absolutely lucid, controversial, amusing and disturbing.
Captivating. The power of Thomas Bernhardís prose is mysteriously compelling.
Masolino DíAmico, La Stampa
A highly evocative work. The two actors lack neither ingenuity nor courage.
Renato Palazzi, Il Sole 24 Ore.
A little jewel.
Claudia Cannella, Corriere della Sera
Giulio Frafuso, Close up
Disquieting and effective
Mario Bianchi, Eolo.
A happy "infidelity" with all the perfidious original humour.
Sara Chiappori, La Repubblica
Don't leave it pass
Luca Vido, Il Giorno
Visually exact and fascinating.
Piergiorgio Nosari, LíEco di Bergamo