Why We Took the Car (Tschick)

based on the novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Set & Costumes Rimma Starodubzeva
Music Arne Jansen
Dramaturgy Birgit Lengers
Premiere December 3, 2011
Sven Fricke
Thorsten Hierse
Arne Jansen
Sarah Schmidt
Die Zeit
Eva Biringer, 08.12.2011
How magical places spring from nowhere: Wolfgang Herrndorfs Tschick at the Deutsches Theater Berlin
[…] On the tiny Box stage of the Deutsches Theater, Riemenschneider sketches a minimal utopia using frugal means – consisting almost entirely of the power of the spoken word. […] This imaginary torrent of images is given a soundtrack by a lone ranger in a dapper cowboy costume (Arne Jansen), who waits patiently at the edge of the stage to play his songs. At one point, Thorsten Hierse as Maik reaches for the acoustic guitar. With a poignant pathos reminiscent of Rainald Grebe in its amateurish resoluteness, he laments not being invited to the birthday party of his beloved. He and Sven Fricke skilfully perform all the roles of the novel, but most of the time they are Maik and Andrej, masterfully capturing the speech patterns of youth-speak, without making the audience cringe. Even the way they stand, in their casual uniform of jeans and sneakers, so helplessly adolescent, in just the way 14-year-olds do who don’t know where to put their hands, makes the audience forget that these are grown-up men – or in Isa’s case, a grown-up woman. With equal poise, Natalia Belitski lends her brief appearance the same teenage insouciance as her fellow actors.
How magical places spring from nowhere: Wolfgang Herrndorfs Tschick at the Deutsches Theater Berlin
[…] On the tiny Box stage of the Deutsches Theater, Riemenschneider sketches a minimal utopia using frugal means – consisting almost entirely of the power of the spoken word. […] This imaginary torrent of images is given a soundtrack by a lone ranger in a dapper cowboy costume (Arne Jansen), who waits patiently at the edge of the stage to play his songs. At one point, Thorsten Hierse as Maik reaches for the acoustic guitar. With a poignant pathos reminiscent of Rainald Grebe in its amateurish resoluteness, he laments not being invited to the birthday party of his beloved. He and Sven Fricke skilfully perform all the roles of the novel, but most of the time they are Maik and Andrej, masterfully capturing the speech patterns of youth-speak, without making the audience cringe. Even the way they stand, in their casual uniform of jeans and sneakers, so helplessly adolescent, in just the way 14-year-olds do who don’t know where to put their hands, makes the audience forget that these are grown-up men – or in Isa’s case, a grown-up woman. With equal poise, Natalia Belitski lends her brief appearance the same teenage insouciance as her fellow actors.

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Performance changed
With English surtitles
by Mahin Sadri and Amir Reza Koohestani based on Georg Büchner
in a translation by Sima Djabar Zadegan
Due to an illness in the ensemble, the performance ugly duckling is unfortunately cancelled today, instead we will show Woyzeck Interrupted at 7:30 p.m. with English surtitles. Tickets that have already been purchased remain valid for the evening or can be can be exchanged or returned within 14 days at the theater box office.
Kammerspiele
19.30 - 21.00