Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father.
Bakehouse Theatre Company
East Of Berlin was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best New Play 2008
Questioning redemption, love, guilt, and the sins of the father, East of Berlin is a tour de force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own.
As a teenager, Rudi discovered that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Trying to reconcile his inherited guilt, Rudi lashed out against his family and his friends, and eventually fled to Germany. While there, he followed in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine, and fell in love with Sarah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.
Now Rudi is standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, trying to work up the courage to go in. It has been seven years since he stood in that same spot. Seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. WARNINGS: Smoking, sex acts, occasional coarse language
Moscovitch’s text is dense but well crafted. Despite the high emotion and unfolding tragedy, there are light moments and a few welcome opportunities to chuckle. Carter..is excellent.. Mansfield gave a studied performance .. The three actors melded beautifully. Manda Webber’s simple multi-levelled set worked well and Alexander Ramsay’s lighting design was also simple and effective.
Kym Clayton - Glam Adelaide
Adam Carter (Rudi) in this role is very intense and dangerous,... Clare Mansfield (Sarah)... presented exactly the ticket... Sarah and Rudi's rapid rise and fall was truly delectable theatre.... Director Peter Green... gave three recent South Australian drama graduates a fantastic opportunity to showcase their prodigious talent, and he made them look very very good.
David Grybowski - Barefoot Review
This powerful production by Bakehouse Theatre poses some thought-provoking and often confronting questions..... With an exceptionally strong cast and a riveting script by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch,...Director Peter Green delivers seamless transitions from past to present, bringing the many layers of human complexity to light and defining the finer details that prompt us to take action.