February 2007 Newsletter

Dear Email Friends,

Did February slip by a little too fast for you too? In just one week we will be casting the final play of the season, CORPSE!, the world famous comedy-thriller by Gerald Moon. The last time we produced Mr. Moon's wonderful play was in 1995. We are bringing it back by popular demand.

Before it is too late, we hope you will see VISITING MR. GREEN. Excerpts from reviews in local newspapers are below.

Press Clippings:

Hamburger Abendblatt, 19.02.07
Jeff Barons Konversations-Duell "Visiting Mr. Green" handelt von ernsthaften Problemen eines alten orthodoxen und eines jungen schwulen Juden. Beide haben mehr gemeinsam als es auf den ersten Blick scheint.

Mit Türklopfen beginnt Ross regelmäßig das vom Gericht wegen eines Verkehrsunfalls verordnete Besuchsritual am Donnerstag. Unauffällig in der ständig wechselnden Kleidung deutet Lee Baxter (früher Mitglied der holländischen Boygroup Caught In The Act) das Mode- und Körperbewusstsein eines Schwulen an, wirkt ansonsten wie der normale nette Hetero von nebenan.

G. Philip Hope, als sturer, in seinem Schmerz verbohrter Green....gibt ihm eine harte Nuss zu knacken. In Kabbeleien mit pointiertem Wortwitz kommen sie sich näher, lassen zögernd den Blick hinter die Fassade zu und spielen geschickt in Clifford Deans zurückhaltend ausbalancierter Regie mit den Nuancen zwischen Tragik und Komik.

Morgenpost am Sonntag 18.02.07
Erst als der religiöse Jude Green erfährt, dass auch Ross jüdisch ist, wird die Beziehung warmherziger. Doch nur genau so lange, bis Ross von seiner Homosexualität erzählt. Über den grotesken Wettstreit, ob Juden oder Schwule mehr Ausgrenzung erfahren, kommen sich beide schließlich wirklich näher.

Hamburger Wochenblatt 21.02.07
Mal humorvoll, mal nachdenklich zeigt die Inszenierung von Regisseur Clifford Dean, wie sich beide Männer einander annähern. Das Eis bricht als Mr. Green von der jüdischen Abstammung seines jungen Helfers erfährt.

Die sensible Inszenierung im English Theatre beschert dem Publikum einen wunderbaren englischsprachigen Abend mit Humor und Tiefgang.

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In case you are over thirty years old you might not know that Lee Baxter, who is playing Ross Gardiner in the current play, became well know as a member of the famous boy band CAUGHT IN THE ACT. The band performed all around the world between 1995 and 1998, had numerous top hits and sold more than 20 million recordings world-wide. Since then he has devoted himself to his first love, the theatre.

31st Season
(2006 / 2007)

Now playing:
VISITING MR. GREEN by Jeff Baron

Mr. Green (G. Philip Hope) does not want Ross (Lee Baxter) to come to his apartment to help him as ordered by the court. Ross doesn't want to come either, although he is required to. Ross surprises Mr. Green by bringing him some kosher soup. Even though the old man finds his deceased wife's soup much better, he agrees to eat it anyway. "What? You want me to waste good food?" he says.

A bond gradually develops between the two men because Mr. Green has discovered that Ross is also Jewish. Here, Ross is touched by Mr. Green's story about how he met his beloved wife Yetta while waiting with her to use the toilet that 14 people had to share in their apartment building.

Mr. Green is already unhappy by Ross's revelation that he is gay. Now Ross disturbs him during his prayers, but the old man lets him in anyway.

Ross presents Mr. Green with a lemon meringue pie, a special treat that only Yetta, Mr. Green's wife, used to make for him. **************************************************************

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