Going to ThOP another time, we saw Urbane Mythen, a show with three short pieces written by young authors.
The first, Die Mythenjäger enacted a TV show setup with a ‘mythbusters’ show in which a cynical host presents myths and tries to prove people wrong. The setup for the piece was clever and included a video camera whose image was projected right away to highlight the difference between what is seen on stage and what arrives on telly, thereby also highlighting the all smiles and all eyes to the camera way of television. The acting was also good and entertaining. Yet, I thought the piece was a bit lame as its content wasn’t exactly news and didn’t surpass my own cynicism towards the medium that is TV.
The second piece bei uns / beim chinesen was the most adventurous of the three, focusing on a Chinese restaurant and the myths – or rather prejudices – going with that. Three actors were continuously changing roles and costumes to comment on the topic from different topics: everybody from bad mouthed youngsters to square pensioners got their say and their turn at pointing out the differences between ‘us’ and ‘them’. The piece seemed rather clever, but it didn’t ‘click’ for me with characters changing too rapidly and without motivation and the author going out of his way to present the worst prejudices. I, for my part, like Chinese food (Even though the restaurants seem to be bland Europeanised crap, mostly. Please send recommendations!)
The final piece was pacman city blues and set in a three student flat consisting of a failed author, a failed actor and a failing superhero. The superhero managed to point out that his form of being isn’t more absurd that his friends’. And yet, he dies shortly after, trying to figure out what their neighbour is up to. Said neighbour had borrowed some knifes, a toaster and soap from the flat – which made the flatmates go through all the terrorism myths they could come up with. Of course they were wrong with that, but their superhero friend deceased before finding out the amusing answer. Not the deepest piece, perhaps, but certainly the right level of lightness and entertainment in there.
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