St. Ann's Warehouse presents Schaubühne Berlin's new production based on the memoir by Didier Eribon, which asks: as populism marches around the globe, does political activism still have a role to play?
A sound studio. An actress records a voiceover for a documentary. Philosopher Didier Eribon, returning to his childhood home, discovers that the left-wing and liberal middle class have abandoned the working class, and workers are running into the arms of the right-wing National Front. How is this possible? How have things come to this? Featuring 'Homeland’s' Nina Hoss.
See it if You’re a fan of documentary FILMS or curious about how voiceover is done. This is a very absorbing story read to you while you watch a film.
Don't see it if You’re expecting any sort of theatre. I don’t know why we had to go to Brooklyn to see what was little more than a documentary film.
See it if you like combinations of film, narration & drama, curious how the right gains influence & how fathers impact children, fan of Nina Hoff
Don't see it if you don't like shows that mix film in with plot, that don't signal where they are going, have a strong political POV, appear to lack plot
See it if you enjoy alternative, new types of theater that focus on ideas rather than plot or character development.
Don't see it if you prefer action and a real story. This show is very wordy
See it if you like theater with a strong political message. It takes time to grow on you but it is worth sitting through a, at times, slow production
Don't see it if Politics and theater are not a good mix for you. This is a very intense production and if you look for “ light “ entertainment keep looking
See it if you are interested in Europe's history, politics, social change movements, human rights activities.
Don't see it if you don't like political shows. also if you can't sit through 3 hours show
See it if you want an untraditional theatre experience, you enjoy listening to Hoss's soothing voice.
Don't see it if you're looking for a play with conflict, exciting character interaction, or an obvious message.
See it if you are interested in political drama and historical events, although the play shifts from a personal coming of age to universal politics.
Don't see it if you are not interested in political discourse, rap music or a non-linear personal history narrative.
See it if you are interested in juxtaposition of film and text. Want a backstage pass on how voice recording narration for documentary works.
Don't see it if You are expecting linear play with action and conflict. This is dialogue and philosophical based. Spoken word performances put you to sleep.
See it if you want to see a very clever play that is consciously anti-theatrical, but that puts on the table a lot of interesting political stuff.
Don't see it if you get bored easily with plays with a lot of text and not a lot of action.
See it if You have great hearing. The sound design is very casual and Frau Hoss mumbles in accented English. I was on last row and understood about ha
Don't see it if You have hearing or backside problems. Two hours, no interval makes for difficult sit. Not for the hearing or the orthopedically challenged.
See it if You like thoughtful, non-traditional, political pieces. Nina Hoss was enchanting.
Don't see it if You are not interested in leftist politics, you prefer plot-driven plays with a lot of action, you don't like semi-autobiographical works.
See it if you are interested in the European working classes, or the European left, & how both have shifted over the past 50 years.
Don't see it if you want to see a drama: much of the action here is a prose reading & an accompanying film.
See it if you're interested in the Left's failure of the working class and subsequent rise of far-Right politicians; French socio-political theorists
Don't see it if experiments in form alienate you: format is a live voiceover of documentary with Eribon's text juxtaposed with Hoss' memories of her father
See it if you prefer intellectual political lectures to plays. This show is innovative and expands beyond genres. Love Nina Hoss’s voice!
Don't see it if You want to see a play with a cohesive plot. This is more like disjointed performance art with some innovative and interesting moments.
See it if If you want to be transform in the theatre. If you want to think about themes that are important. If you want to connect!
Don't see it if You don’t want to be transformed or if you don’t want to participate I’d a theatrical experience.
See it if You're interested in political drama that doesn't shy away from creating a conversation with historical events and modern themes.
Don't see it if You are closed minded in how you believe theatre is structured. See it if you're a closed or open minded liberal or conservative however.
See it if want to think about the issues of social class and the political process interested in the journey of an individual who defied expectations
Don't see it if Have trouble hearing the unamplified discussions from stage outside of the main narration not interested in the topic