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The English Theatre Of Hamburg

Mai, 2013

Dear Friends,

Rich Orloff’s BIG BOYS premiered on 9 May and will run until 29 June. There are only seven more weeks of this limited run. Be sure to book early so you don’t miss this unique comedy about the struggle for values in corporate America. A lot of people were disappointed that they could not see THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST because they waited too long to book and the play was sold out in the final weeks. If you book early this will not happen to you.

You can now subscribe to our 2013--2014 Season and, as usual, see four plays for the price of three. Subscriptions to next season’s program can be obtained by phoning the box office (040-227 7089). We’re hoping that later in June you will be able to book tickets and subscriptions online and print out the tickets or subscription vouchers yourself. We are working on making this possible and will inform you when the system is functioning.

A quick reminder of the plays we are producing next year.

STONE COLD MURDER, a new British thriller by James Cawood that is packed with suspense and action.
RELATIVELY SPEAKING, a popular British comedy that is considered to be Alan Ayckbourn's best crafted piece. 
MASS APPEAL, a contemporary American play by Bill C. Davis that reveals the conflicts within the Catholic Church and is “one of those rare plays that entertains but also educates.”  (The Hollywood Reporter)
NATIONAL ANTHEMS, a powerfully gripping play by Dennis McIntyre about the collapse of the American Dream.

If you would like to download teaching material which includes summaries of our plays you can do so from our website as soon as the material has been written.

Sincerely yours,

The Directors

Robert Rumpf and Clifford Dean

The English Theatre of Hamburg  |  U-Bahn Mundsburg
Lerchenfeld 14  |  22081 Hamburg  |  Germany
Fax: 040 229 50 40  |  Tickets: 040 227 70 89
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About Rich Orloff’s play BIG BOYS

If you like screwball comedy with a message for today, then BIG BOYS by award-winning playwright Rich Orloff is something for you. Described as “Big Business meets the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business”, the play starts out with what is worst in America's corporate culture and stretches it to its most absurd and, at times, surreal. It is filled with comic confrontations, naughty wordplay and sight gags. The plot is quite simple. It concerns Victor, the very successful and ruthless CEO of a large company. (No one, not even Victor, knows the name of the company or what it produces, but this doesn't seem to matter.) One day, Victor interviews and hires as his assistant Norman, a young business school graduate. Norman is highly idealistic and more than a little naïve when it comes to working in the real world. In contrast to Victor's unethical, profit-making schemes, Norman sees a better, more decent corporate way that will protect the environment and people's lives. The stage is thus set for a fierce, albeit hilarious battle between the two men for the heart and soul of corporate America. The play couldn't be more relevant. BIG BOYS also deals with the age-old question: Can a nice guy like Norman succeed in the business world by remaining true to his values? Or will he have to become more like Victor in order to join the big boys in America's corporate elite?

The play won first place at the 1997 InterPlay International Play Festival and placed second with the 2002 Kaufman and Hart Award for New American Comedy. It continues to delight audiences wherever it is performed.

“BIG BOYS proves a winner.” New York Times
(The play contains adult material and language. Appropriate for ages 16 and older.)

Production photos: BIG BOYS by Rich Orloff:

Job Interview of Norman

Norman (James Groom), a job applicant, tries to get the boss�s attention during the job interview.

Victor feet were put in cement

Victor (Alan Booty), the boss, demonstrates to Norman just how merciless their competitors are by showing him that his feet were put in cement by their enemies.

Victor's heart attack

Victor has a heart attack after Norman settles for a fair deal with their rivals for the first time in the corrupt company’s history.

Victor teaches Norman about becoming a success

Norman, feeling that he is a failure, begs the ruthless Victor to teach him all he knows about becoming a success.

To obtain the teaching material for this play click here.

Press Clippings

Die Hamburger Morgenpost, 11.05.2013
Erfolgs-Komödie „Big Boys“ im English Theatre
Arschloch gegen Idealisten: Im Zwei-Personen-Stück „Big Boys“ prallen in Gestalt des knallharten Konzern-Chefs Victor und seines wohlerzogenen Assistenten Norman die Gegensätze von Macht und Moral im heutigen Wirtschaftsleben aufeinander. Zimperlich ist keiner der beiden Männer, die sich in der Erfolgs-Komödie von Rich Orloff am English Theatre reichlich deftige Pointen um die Ohren schlagen: Mit boshafter Freude am Manipulieren und Einschüchtern spielt Alan Booty den Macho Victor Burlington. Vollends das Mitleid der Zuschauer auf seiner Seite aber hat der nette Norman (James Groom).

Wie weit muss ein Mensch, der auf der Karriereleiter nach oben will, sich eigentlich verbiegen? Das ist die Frage, die diese satirisch überspitzte Komödie am Laufen hält.

Hamburger Abendblatt, 12.05.2013
Konzernbosse sind auch nur krachende Komiker
Im English Theatre machen "Big Boys" schmutzige Geschäfte und dreckige Witze

Der Firmenchef nennt den neuen Angestellten Norman nur Gustav. Er macht ihn zum dummen August, womit Autor Rich Orloff die Richtung des Duells zwischen dem Dirty Old Man Victor und dem jungen Idealisten in seinem Stück "Big Boys" vorgibt: Es ist eine Clowneske und Comedy. Folglich spielt Alan Booty den Sieger Victor (nomen est omen) nicht als Konzernboss, sondern als Komikerrolle, die ein Konzernboss sein soll. …zum ungetrübten Vergnügen des Publikums.
Orloff beherrscht das Handwerk des Pingpong-Dialogs und zweideutiger Wortspiele.

James Groom zeigt die Wandlung vom unterwürfigen Streber mit Fliege, messerscharfem Scheitel und eingeknickten Knien zum smarten, selbstbewussten Widersacher Victors, der schließlich den von diesem sabotierten Plan X als ein faires Handelsgeschäft mit Umweltbewusstsein durchsetzt.
Die beiden Schauspieler haben in Mathias Wardecks eher gediegenem als cool modernem Office im Schatten phallisch aufragender Bürotürme sichtlich Spaß am Machtringen und dem handgreiflichen und verbalen Schlagabtausch.

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