Sunday, December 09, 2007

First Bernhard

So I went to the US premiere Thomas Bernhard's "Ritter, Dene, Voss", and while it is easy to criticize full-throttle yelling in emotion-laden late twentieth century drama, there were many moments -- especially when emotions were modulated -- when the actors captured the fundamentally musical nature of Bernhard's compositional style, and though English is a less hypnotic language than German, most members of the audience left the theater with Bernhard's themes running through their heads.

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