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Brecht

Bertolt . 1898--1956, German dramatist, theatrical producer, and poet, who developed a new style of "epic" theatre and a new theory of theatrical alienation, notable also for his wit and compassion. His early works include The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930) (both with music by Kurt Weill). His later plays are concerned with moral and political dilemmas and include Mother Courage and her Children (1941), The Good Woman of Setzuan (1943), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1955)
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The works on view are diverse, ranging from documentation of Brechtian theater and televised music festivals to eye-popping dresses, psychedelic album covers, and interactive art.
If you expected to see Brecht staged the Brechtian way, you were sure to be challenged by Janos Szasz's adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge in February and March.
This laying bare of behind-the-scenes machinations creates a Brechtian distance, holding the viewer at arm's length by insisting on filmic artifice, and preventing identification or suspension of disbelief from taking place--a frustration of intimacy that mimics the gulf between the characters on screen.
Much as the specter of Hitler's approbation haunts Laws' experience of Oberammergau (an excerpt from Sarah Ruhl's new drama Passion Play brings the festival's "distinguished visitor" to vivid life), the shadow of the Holocaust pursues playwright James Still on an eye-opening trek through Latvia (page 79); Holocaust tales become the raw material of the best-known plays of George Tabori, whose life and work is examined by Daniel Mufson (page 86); Der Fuhrer even makes a memorable appearance (in Brechtian guise) in Elinor Fuch's essay about the decline of internationalism (page 72).
Rather than arm oneself theoretically, he wrote, perhaps a viewer could allow him- or herself to "be fascinated twice over, by the image and by its surroundings--as if I had two bodies at the same time: a narcissistic body which gazes, lost, into the engulfing mirror, and a perverse body, ready to fetishize not the image but precisely what exceeds it." Barthes imagined such a counterintuitive method of distancing through doubling as Brechtian, if not immediately recognizable as such.
The twenty-three chapters that follow are self-contained essays that vary in size, from two-page microanalyses to in-depth studies of particular historical figures or events, all viewed through a Brechtian lens.
The tumultuous political situation and the 'suo motu' arbitrary justice of Judge Ajab Khan makes the play meaningful for contemporary Pakistan while the period costumes and captivating songs in the Brechtian tradition, make the play entertaining and enjoyable.
The tumultuous political situation and the 'suomoto' arbitrary justice of Judge Ajab Khan makes the play meaningful for contemporary Pakistan while the period costumes and captivating songs in the Brechtian tradition,make the play entertaining and enjoyable.
The political situation and the suo motu arbitrary justice of Judge Ajab Khan makes the play meaningful for contemporary Pakistan while the costumes and songs in the Brechtian tradition make the play entertaining and enjoyable.
THE Festival of Voice presented a Brechtian cabaret of two halves at the Sherman Theatre on Saturday night with grand daddies of the punk world The Tiger Lillies bringing down the house with a divisive performance.
Jamora said it's a Brechtian technique, to pause in the middle of action to confront the audience's feelings without resorting to sentimentality.
Especially in the first act, the off-the-cuff laugh-out-loud moments come thick and fast, and only the most irredeemable Brechtian will escape a guffaw (or at least a chuckle).