Third Space presents this theatrical reimagining of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic 1972 film about a famous and arrogant fashion designer and the women in her life. More…
When a new model, Karin, enters the home of designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world—and career—rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra’s euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene is left to pick up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. Featuring an all-female cast, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' delves into the tortured connections between desire and power in an industry driven by consumption.
See it if you want a taste of what off-off Broadway was like in the late 60s and early 70s. Your expectation level is low.
Don't see it if You have anything, and I mean ANYTHING better to do with your time and money.
See it if predictable theater, with a seemingly strong woman falling prey to a femme fatale, losing all she's worked for and going back for more.
Don't see it if dislike performances with an LGBT theme, or to see successful women so weakened by a "pretty face and body" to a point of self destruction.
See it if You want to watch an all female cast be melodramatic and hysterical for 1.5hours... it's a headache inducing, drain of a show
Don't see it if You do not enjoy reality TV dysfunction and conflict shows like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich...agitating and exhausting-- just don't!
See it if you didn't know that R. W. Fassbinder wasn't just an amazing filmmaker but a great playwright as well (who wrote truly rich roles for women)
Don't see it if you're uptight when it comes to nudity, strong language or a high camp cultural critique that takes no prisoners.
See it if you want a fun, sensual, avant-garde type of night, without over the top avant-gardeness. Very fun evening of theater.
Don't see it if you're looking for a very tame, family-friendly production.
See it if You enjoy shows like Dostoevsky, a little out there, goes around in circles, and all emotions are right there on top. You like the absurd
Don't see it if You don't want to spend two hours watching hysterical women be hysterical. I get that that was probably the point, but it was exhausting.
See it if You want to see a play about a fashion designer that has a love interest that seems to be interested in only one thing.
Don't see it if You don't want to. You don't like plays about love interests that are users and the lover is being used and she doesn't know enough to stop
See it if You're up for a show with high self-conscious intellectual aspirations that devolve into logorrheic melodrama, misdirected and unclear.
Don't see it if You'd prefer a show held up by more than a silent maid and an iguana, unfortunately the clearest, most layered & effective elements onstage.
See it if You're a feminist and/or saw the original Fassbinder film to compare them.
Don't see it if The idea of putting an absurdist comic/tragic spin on women's plight has no appeal for you.
See it if You enjoy an exquisite set with all female cast. You like LQBTQ themes. The acting is also pretty good.
Don't see it if You can stand the slow progression of the plot and a woman who screams and cries for almost an hour.
See it if you love all-female casts more than you dislike bad productions. (I will acknowledge that it's early in previews - perhaps it will improve!)
Don't see it if you would be frustrated by seeing a show that traffics in outdated and unchallenged stereotypes about bisexuality and predatory lesbians.
See it if An ambitious show overshadows disappointing presentation
Don't see it if you don't care for profanity used in place of actual dialog, ham fisted presentation disappoints you, you don't enjoy HS level shows
See it if You like all female cast, there was some good acting. Like a lead character who is self involved and doesn't care about others.very confusin
Don't see it if If you want a likable lead and characters. Confusing plot didn't really see the point
See it if Fassbinder writes heavily schematic, melodramatic plays- characters don't have backstories and they appear/disappear at will.
Don't see it if As a result, the play is not like much else you'll see in theater. This is a stylized production with strong directorial choices that don't
See it if interested in the topic. Seeking well acted off-Broadway entertainment. You will enjoy rollicking role of Marlene. Fine production and set.
Don't see it if you want to avoid shows with lesbian, broken heart relationships. Performance could use some tuning and have actors to project more.
See it if You have a particular interest in the fashion industry. I also enjoyed the dramatic set design within the constraints of a smaller theatre.
Don't see it if You prefer subtle, nuanced acting or a conventional narrative arc. The primary characters were all (perhaps deliberately) over-the-top.
See it if you are morbidly curious about a tragic-lesbian fashionista meltdown staged like a slumber party at Smith; some great diva moments!
Don't see it if you do not have an iron butt...no intermission while Petra et al howled and raved for hours...And if you are hoping for German shmerz, nein