Anne Lepper is not so much interested in family conflict as the human striving for happiness and moments when it gets out of hand in the absurd horror of nuclear family life.
‘Irmi and Martin not only have to cheer their mother on, this is supposed to be precisely how they attain their own happiness. For Käthe Hermann, the good mother, wants her family to be happy. No one and nothing can get in Käthe’s way. Neither her rebellious daughter nor her crippled son. And certainly not the excavator that is supposed to be demolishing the building. Compulsory relocation is quite out of the question. On the contrary, the flat is now being redecorated. Käthe Hermann shows how the members of a family generate illusions about their own past, present and future that allow them to view themselves as individuals who are capable of playing an active role in society and valuable members of a community. And it shows the madness that arises when this generation of illusions is threatened by social conditions.’
'What Anne Lepper unfolds in this play with her highly refined language is a creeping process in which desires and reality mingle until they form an explosive substrate.
In her subtle comedies, societal norms and absurd yearnings are caricatured with such punchy language and atmospheric intensity that one is immediately reminded of the great exemplars of high satire: Samuel Beckett's claustrophobic comedy and Woody Allen's neurotic naivety, George Tabori's political sarcasm and Charlie Chaplin's comic forlornness in the world of rules. As a child of the sample generation, Lepper constructs her universe more out of such materials than out of observations of everyday life. Nevertheless, however, the drama's idiosyncratic structure and her creative use of language come so much closer to a clear-sighted parody of contemporary life than most normal plays about the normal problems of normal people. In her artful portrayal of averageness, the awfulness of our reality takes on monstrous forms – and is exposed to considerable comic effect.'
|Premiere||5 January 2012, Theater Bielefeld|
|Cast||2 female, 1 male|
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