In English

[EN] All this “wanderlust”. All this “My life is so dull and regimented”.

Live-in lovers Neal and Rachel are overworked doctors. They rarely see each other, and their relationship suffers from it. Enter Neal’s old good-for-nothing friend, Richie, for a surprise visit, straight from South America – or somewhere. He needs a place to stay and Neal is too weak to say no.

Richie is a decadent, self-deceived and deceiving drifter, who has spent the best part of his twenties and thirties bumming around the world in search of instant kicks and pretending to be a brooding Graham Greene creation, but coming across as something a lot closer to Dr. Gonzo.

Out of touch with the world and his partner, overworked and mortgaged Neil is the utter antithesis of Richie, who, as might be expected, shakes up the grim reality of the couple’s desolate togetherness.

Love and Understanding is about that generation torn between the comfort of the boring safety of the organized existence and a mortgage versus the dream of an insecure life with an ever-changing career, interesting people and exciting travels (and some drugs, a hell of a lot of booze and complete disorientation).

On a theatrical level, Richie turns up like a deus ex machina, unwinding a situation, knotted to the point that none of the actual active participants could undo it. So, how real is he really, or how much is he a sort of spirit sworn up by the couple’s impossibility to relate to each other?

Not enough love and understanding
We could use some love to ease these troubled times
Not enough love and understanding
Why, oh why?

Cher: Love and Understanding

» (...) Simon creates lovely and visually interesting stage pictures, lifting the dialogue and highlighting the strange dynamics that develop between the characters. Simon uses every corner and space in the continually evolving set—the terrific designs are by Marie-Luce Theis—creating a stage scape seemingly as broad as Greater London while maintaining the essential claustrophobia of the piece. Luxemburger Wort, Erik Abott

» Anne Simon succeeds in perfectly capturing the tone of the play: this odd cocktail of comedy and cruelty, of graphic violence and black humour. You might be laughing out loud one minute, yet feel extremely uncomfortable the next. Also, the rhythm is spot-on. d’Lëtzebuerger Land on Killer Joe, Janine Goedert

[DE] Groβartige Schauspieler, eine kluge Regie und eine ebenso funktionale wie ästhetische Bühne transportieren die groβen Fragen des Lebens in einem treffsicheren Theaterabend. Luxembugr Wort, Kathrin Schug

[FR]» Anne Simon dirige à un rythme enlevé les comédiens qui, moyennant un jeu engagé et pertinent, dévoilent peu à peu le vrai visage des personnages. [...] un spectacle cru, bien conçu et joué avec entrain. Le Jeudi à propos de Killer Joe, Josée Zeimes 


Nickel Bösenberg, Larisa Faber, Owen Sharpe

Director Anne Simon
Design Marie-Luce Theis
Assistant director Tom Dockal
Trainee and Prompts Olga Alajääskö
Set construction Ateliers des Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Coordinators make-up, wardrobe & props Michelle Bevilacqua & Anatoli Papadopoulou
Wardrobe & props laire Biersohn
Make-up Joël Seiller

Production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Mardi 28 FÉVRIER 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)
Jeudi 2 MARS 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)
Vendredi 3 MARS 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)
Samedi 4 MARS 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)

DURÉE environ 1h30

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert at 7.30pm before every performance (in English)

Adultes 20 €, 15 €, 8 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Théâtre des Capucins

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