Theater for the New City presents this bleak satire from Hungarian émigré George Tabori about a young Adolf Hitler. More…
'Mein Kampf' focuses on the budding friendship between gawky aspiring artist Hitler and his roommate Herzl, a Jewish Bible salesman, who suggests his new pal go into politics. 'Mein Kampf' is part of 'Two by Tabori' and is running in repertory with 'Jubilee.'
“A timely piece for difficult times. It’s a successful production with genuinely amusing, and even funny, moments...For those interested in meaningful theater, this production is for you…‘Mein Kampf’ is both nonsensical and penetrating in its attempt to parse the horrible history of Hitler…Where the lengthy act one sometimes sagged under the weight of talkiness, the shorter act two moved quickly, taking a turn into absurdist horror." Full Review
“The irony of this poignant play about Hitler's youth in Vienna draws on cleverly crafted circumstances to entice laughs despite the reality of how long past events unfolded. The play paints Hitler as an incapable louse assisted in a flophouse by an old, ugly Jewish man. If you're looking to be entertained by the hapless efforts of two strangers in Vienna with comedy that leans toward slapstick and the bonus of a resonantly original take on human existence, then this play is for you.” Full Review
"Tabori doesn't seem to have a distinct thesis...The product we are presented with leaves us wanting more...A piece of theatre that, tonally, fits no distinct mode. The play is obviously a comedy with dramatic flair, with moments of bona fide hilarity and tragedy, but its infusions of the surreal are so downplayed that it is difficult to know how to feel about the action...Worth seeing for the performances, and for its frequent moments of exquisite dark comedy." Full Review
"In this play, Omri Kadim, a charismatic, talented actor, portrays young Adolf Hitler as needy, unloved, and paranoid. There is some clever writing in the script but in the end, other than hatred towards Hitler, Tabori really doesn't offer up a consistent premise or a thesis as to why and how Hitler turned out as he did. The play is sure to offend many and to give others something to think about." Full Review
See it if You like to see theatre that makes you think. If you have a taste for the absurd, dark, and satirical.
Don't see it if If you have a weak stomach and are not interested in topics concerning the Jewish experience, or if your tolerance for complex satire is low
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