Posted by: jodester87 | March 18, 2009

London Stage: Over There

17 March 2009

7:30 pm

So my class had to see this play called Over There by Mark Ravenhill being performed at the Royal Court Theatre. It was shocking to say the least.

It is about twins who were seperated by their parents as infants and grew up on either side of the Berlin Wall. In their twenties the wall falls and it shows how they cope in a new world. Not so shocking right? Well the first shock is when they kind of masturbate before us (nothing is seen). The rest of the play the two actors (who were twins) are mostly in their underwear.

Then there is a sponge that plays the son of Franz who grew up in West Berlin. Then Karl pours goo all over himself, indicating his unwillingness to let Communism die with the fall of the wall and his inability to cope with it.

In the end one of the brothers kills the other (with an indication of canniablism) and goes off to California. There he hooks up with a waitress, who is played by the other actor and pulls a hiding the family jewels moment.

While humorous it is rather shocking to see these two brothers doing certain things on stage. I my time divided between laughing, grossed out, and in a state of shock. Hence the reason why the theatre won’t let anyone under the age of 16 see the performance.

After the play a bunch of us went out to ‘celebrate’ Saint Paddy’s day. I tried to get them into a pub but alas we went to this burger place. Coming out at Finsbury Park I heard someone at the pub called The Railway singing Garth Brook’s American Honky Tonk Bar Association. That was basically my Saint Patrick’s day.


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