Nathan the Wise (Nathan der Weise)

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Premiere August 30, 2015
Elias Arens
Nina Gummich
Bernd Moss
Julia Nachtmann
Jörg Pose
Natali Seelig
B.Z.
Lena Kappei, 01.09.2015
More of this Lessing please!
“What first seems to be a parody of the Morlocks in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine soon turns out to be a splendid acting achievement by six performers.
With a brilliant set design, upon which a gigantic wooden cube moves, opens and closes, and with terrific wit and numerous allusions to the modern world, director Andreas Kriegenburg succeeds in making a clear statement and plea for religious tolerance that couldn’t be more up to date."
More of this Lessing please!
“What first seems to be a parody of the Morlocks in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine soon turns out to be a splendid acting achievement by six performers.
With a brilliant set design, upon which a gigantic wooden cube moves, opens and closes, and with terrific wit and numerous allusions to the modern world, director Andreas Kriegenburg succeeds in making a clear statement and plea for religious tolerance that couldn’t be more up to date."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Irene Bazinger, 01.09.2015
You pay attention to the ring parable for the first time

“Director Andreas Kriegenburg wisely refrains from politics and mostly avoids allusions to current conflicts or wars. For him, Nathan the Wise is a story about people, above all. True, they speak differently (blank verse!) and think differently (in an analogue way!) but nevertheless, they’re made of the same stuff as us.”
You pay attention to the ring parable for the first time

“Director Andreas Kriegenburg wisely refrains from politics and mostly avoids allusions to current conflicts or wars. For him, Nathan the Wise is a story about people, above all. True, they speak differently (blank verse!) and think differently (in an analogue way!) but nevertheless, they’re made of the same stuff as us.”
Berliner Morgenpost
Stefan Kirschner, 01.09.2015
Nathan sits on the Kaaba and talks about his life

“Elias Arens, Nina Gummich, Bernd Moss, Julia Nachtmann, Jörg Pose and Natalie Seelig form the delightfully playful ensemble with their physically accentuated acting. A fusion of silent movie and fairground music accompanies the almost three-hour-long show. It includes slapstick routines and gags reminiscent of Monty Python; the Patriarch is turned into a hearty caricature and the parable of the ring is told with gravity. (…) A successful start to the season for the Deutsches Theater. This is the right play at the right time, presented with convincing artistry. Because let’s face it: some productions of Nathan can drag on, but luckily not this one."
Nathan sits on the Kaaba and talks about his life

“Elias Arens, Nina Gummich, Bernd Moss, Julia Nachtmann, Jörg Pose and Natalie Seelig form the delightfully playful ensemble with their physically accentuated acting. A fusion of silent movie and fairground music accompanies the almost three-hour-long show. It includes slapstick routines and gags reminiscent of Monty Python; the Patriarch is turned into a hearty caricature and the parable of the ring is told with gravity. (…) A successful start to the season for the Deutsches Theater. This is the right play at the right time, presented with convincing artistry. Because let’s face it: some productions of Nathan can drag on, but luckily not this one."
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Michael Laages, 30.08.2015
Director Kriegenburg seats top dog Christ on the toilet

“Lessing’s cleverness comes through no matter how it’s packaged, and the season’s opening at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin adds another facet to the multi-layered performance history of this classic play with a brilliance and fury possibly hitherto never seen. Lessing’s Nathan, namely, also has a funny side. Aside from all the suffering and pain among Jews, Christians and Muslims, as Lessing captures in this fairy-tale Jerusalem of the Crusades era, this dramatic poem is imbued with a shot of relaxed, casual irony. (…) The fable of wise Nathan has rarely been acted out in such a light and playful manner, and past productions have seldom focused on the fairy-tale-like subtlety that Lessing adopted: as a fantasy from a foreign world. This version of Nathan is both pure Lessing and something completely different at the same time – and that’s why it’s a strong start for the Deutsches Theater."
Director Kriegenburg seats top dog Christ on the toilet

“Lessing’s cleverness comes through no matter how it’s packaged, and the season’s opening at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin adds another facet to the multi-layered performance history of this classic play with a brilliance and fury possibly hitherto never seen. Lessing’s Nathan, namely, also has a funny side. Aside from all the suffering and pain among Jews, Christians and Muslims, as Lessing captures in this fairy-tale Jerusalem of the Crusades era, this dramatic poem is imbued with a shot of relaxed, casual irony. (…) The fable of wise Nathan has rarely been acted out in such a light and playful manner, and past productions have seldom focused on the fairy-tale-like subtlety that Lessing adopted: as a fantasy from a foreign world. This version of Nathan is both pure Lessing and something completely different at the same time – and that’s why it’s a strong start for the Deutsches Theater."

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