Augenblick mal! 2007

Donnerstag, 03. Mai 2007 | Hebbel am Ufer - HAU 3

Für alle das Beste
Ein Familienstück über das Altern
von Lutz Hübner, Mitarbeit: Sarah Nemitz
Hartmann & Stauffacher Verlag, Köln
ab 14 Jahren und Erwachsene | 105 Minuten

Director: Barbara Bürk
Stage Design: Anke Grot
Costume Design: Irène Favre de Lucasca
Actor(s): Sibylle Brunner (Marlies Stinner, Rentnerin), Malina Ebert (Alexa Wymborska, Putzfrau), Wolf List (Dieter Nowak, Arzt), Matthias Neukirch (Klaus Stinner, freier Journalist), Martina Struppek (Susanne Kübler, Reisebüro-Besitzerin), Oda Thormeyer (Carola Stinner, Personalmanagerin in Chemiefirma)


The sudden death of their father forces siblings Klaus and Carola to face the question of who should take care of their senile mother Marlies. However a new division of roles within the family becomes difficult, when the siblings end up arguing to the



Hübner's play presents the public with questions and facts that we must ask ourselves – as early as possible. Confrontation with the unwritten contract of the generations where the care we received as children later needs to be given back should not be allowed to hit us like a hammer. Alone this topic makes the production "a family piece", as Hübner has subtitled it, but it is also a youth piece, carried by the exemplary and outstandingly well-matched ensemble of characters. The direction uses this template initially as though in a boulevard comedy. Not only to comically play off the awkwardness with which the adults deal with the topics of death and the need for care, but also to show their helplessness and lack of a plan. The action is supported by a staging that stays playful throughout, so that life is represented in its contradictory, complexity. The modern adult siblings suddenly see themselves helplessly sent back into their childhood and youth. Rich punch lines found in the text are not superficial, rather work well as material for character development – without denunciation powerful, multi-facetted and wonderfully differentiated. Memories of youth – of unconscious drunken benders, party reminiscences and passionate sibling fights are the emotional vanishing points for the profoundly responsive actors.

The facades of coolness and career success behind which the brother and sister have barricaded themselves are not working anymore. Still, how they play out the denial and demasking is brilliant. An enlightening tragicomic folk theatre that lets time stand still for a short time, almost cancels, and then truly begins visibly and increasingly to strike a chord. The characters and the presentation of the dementia-stricken mother induce theatrical authority that is painful and stirring. And then! A nearly adolescent character takes the centre: the polish cleaning lady, who can also become a guiding light for some of the young audience. She is straight and honest, and takes responsibility where the others are still struggling for composure – played with wonderfully clarity.

Jürgen Zielinski

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