Theatre

2b theatre: East of Berlin

When: Nov. 29-Dec. 13 2009

What if someone you love committed evil acts and showed no remorse? How would that affect you and how you live your life? That’s the central question of Hannah Moscovitch’s deeply disturbing East of Berlin. Rudi (David Patrick Flemming) grew up believing his father was a German Army doctor. When his closest friend Hermann (Bill Wood) cruelly reveals that the father actually performed experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, Rudi’s world is shattered. He seeks first to understand his father and then to punish him, first by having sex with Hermann and later by falling in love with a Jewish girl (Katie Swift). Flemming’s Rudi is heart-achingly vulnerable. Swift makes Sarah, who is more and an ideal than a flesh-and-blood-woman to Rudi, a complex and complicated character. Wood’s sly and snake-like Hermann injects humour, but also makes your skin crawl. This is a powerful play that will leave you thinking about the legacy of evil and the possibility of atonement. –Kate Watson Tues-Sunday 8pm, and a 2pm Sunday matinee.-Kate Watson

Price: $15-$25

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