LAST-MINUTE TIP
LAST-MINUTE TIP

 

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Leonard Bernstein’s Opera

A Quiet Place at Palace of the Arts

 

When the Neue Oper Wien (New Opera of Vienna) makes its occasional visit to Budapest, the company always brings something remarkable. Modern opera, of course, as their name implies. Not to everyone’s taste, but certainly never run-of-the-mill.

Tonight and tomorrow (April 9 and 10) at Palace of the Arts ( Művészetek Pálotája ), they will present Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place . There could hardly be ...

Attila the Hun: Noble Leader or Fearsome Foe?
Attila the Hun: Noble Leader or Fearsome Foe?

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Scourge of God at the National

 

Have you ever wanted to be on the stage of Budapest’s National Theater? Well, with the current production of Isten Ostora (Scourge of God), the nearly 3-hour adaptation of Miklós Bánffy’s original play about Attila the Hun, you finally get the chance.

We are seated onstage, sitting on four sides of the deep acting area with a rotating platform on one end, then a ramp and a torn cyclorama depicting the Colosseum on the other. At the ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN APRIL 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN APRIL 2018

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Here is your guide to the performance options in April 2018.

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

* = with English titles

 

Átrium Színház

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever ...

Responses to the Refugee Crisis
Responses to the Refugee Crisis

The interactive game Flee Wisely and Schubert’s Winter Journey

 

There is no doubt that the refugee crisis is part of the zeitgeist now when even productions of Ferenc Herczeg’s Byzantium (at Újszínház) and Offenbach’s The Rhine Fairies (at Erkel Theater) refer, albeit obliquely, to the issue. Two shows, however, tackle the issue head on while stretching the conventional boundaries of theatre itself. One is the interactive game Menekülj okosan! (or Flee Wisely) at Jurányi ...

A Doll’s House and the Art of the Bluff
A Doll’s House and the Art of the Bluff

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Two productions of Ibsen’s revolutionary play at Katona József Színház and Stúdio K

 

When Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, it was a revolutionary treatment of sexual relations (at that time, often referred to as “the woman question”). One critic called the point at which Nora leaves her husband and her children “the door slam heard round the world.” Evidently, the work’s impact continues to be felt. As the fight for sexual equality spreads to new ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MARCH 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MARCH 2018

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Here is your guide to the performance options in March 2018.

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

 

Átrium Színház

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever directors are able to work around ...

Offenbach II: Credibility Crisis
Offenbach II: Credibility Crisis

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Bluebeard at the Operetta

Glass Slipper at József Attila

 

At the conclusion of Offenbach’s Die Rheinnixen ( The Rhein Fairies , now playing at the Erkel Theater), the heroine Armgard suggests that all the tragedy was just a bad dream. As the producers argue in the program, this makes it possible for the characters to move on from calamity; it offers hope of breaking with the past and building a brighter future. At the same time, however, she is called upon to reconcile with ...

Offenbach I: How to Decode
Offenbach I: How to Decode

Bizánc at Újszínház

Rhein Fairies at the Erkel

 

In this contemporary theatre scene, one must sometimes be a detective to figure out what a director wishes to “say” with a given production. Take the Új Színház’s new premiere of Bizánc (Ferenc Herczeg’s classic play Byzantium from 1904, which dramatizes the Fall of Constantinople, conquered on May 29, 1453, by Sultan Mehmed and his Ottoman army). Director Viktor Nagy claims in the program’s notes that “we are ...

Inspiration, Not Imitation
Inspiration, Not Imitation

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Artist Interview: András Berecz

 

In simple terms, András Berecz is a raconteur, a singer and master storyteller, but his art form defies categorization. As a performer, he is highly in demand; yet, as he explained in the course of our conversation, he never dreamed of a stage career. After a performance of his new show Sinka ének at the National, he kindly consented to be my first interview subject for the Budapest Theatre Digest blog.*  

* [Our interview was conducted in ...

Beckett in Budapest
Beckett in Budapest

Waiting for Godot at the Bethlen Square Theatre 

Guest Performance from Latinovits Theatre of Budaörs  

 

The one great departure that Kristóf Kovács makes in his direction of Waiting for Godot , Samuel Beckett’s incomparable opus of ennui and cabaret theatre, is to cast an actress (Sára Bohoczki) as Godot’s messenger. When asked why, he explained that in a play where the other four characters are men, the appearance of a female at the end of acts one and two ...

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