Seen at Junges Theater this week: Wir müssen Reden, a ‘musical’ about a group of four men who are friends and end locked up in a place long enough for them to talk about their worries and their lives. As the piece has been made a ‘musical’ they ended up singing plenty of pop songs from famous Queen to thoughtfully weird Rainald Grebe along with it. Some of those songs fit in while others seemed a bit out of place.
The piece’s focus is the role of men in our current society, touching how the four protagonists deal with that in their lives, jobs and families and how it differs from the plans they may have had in their youths. In part it succeeded showing a certain anxiety they live with.
That said, the ‘musical’ part of the piece was a bit weird. With less singing and more talking and making an effort to present the characters at the beginning and jumping from pop song to pop song at the end with very little for the characters to do or discuss. However, it was a nice touch that the music for a good bunch of the pieces they sang to was performed live on stage.
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