ramallah theater 58.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
This wacky, hilarious, blackest of black comedies has everything except the
kitchen sink. Hila Plashkes’s deliberately sketchy set is dominated by a huge
chest wherein, supposedly, lies the body of the unfortunate Herr Kolpert, a
blameless accountant supposedly murdered for the kick of it by chaos physicist
Ralph (Yoav Heyman) and his girlfriend Sara (Sivan Sasson).
invited to dinner, in order to laugh at them, architect Bastien (Lior Baranes)
and his wife Edit (Efrat Arnon), a colleague of Sara’s.
everything goes disastrously awry, and an unfortunate pizza delivery woman
(Inbal Luri) – the pizza order sequence is one of the play’s funniest – is
dragged into the bloody, violent maelstrom of seeming and supposing that
The play is, of course, about the near-total abdication of a
moral universe to which, so Mr. Gieselmann seems to be suggesting, we are
happily heading – it’s not a coincidence that Ralph researches chaos – and the
consequences of which are unpredictable.
The production is razor sharp.
The actors are admirably on the button, with tongue firmly in cheek.
Kolpert is, most worthily, part of Tmuna’s German season that introduces the
cutting edge of contemporary German playwriting to Israeli audiences.