We wandered into this opportunity to volunteer at the English language theatre in order to attend the show for free and were all over over it.
We sold some drinks, handed out surveys and received free drinks and admission. Walking up to the place it appears very workshop bohemian with artists and studios setting up a beautiful atmosphere. The theatre itself is quite small, or intimate, with the actors in "Orpheus Descending" by Tennessee Williams practically having to step over us which was a bit nerve-racking but exhilarating.
At the end we were able to talk with the actors and the stage manager which made us feel much cooler than we are. We must try and go again - as paying customers this time!
I was here tonight for a production of Charles Mee's Big Love. I bought my tickets online, and so I just went there with my computer print out, and exchanged it for an entry stub when I arrived.
The foyer and lobby area was small, but not crowded. There was definitely space to handle the small crowd gathered for the night, and mind you, it was a sold out show (tonight was one of those nights when tickets are discounted, that's why). They even have space to put some tables and chairs. This is definitely roomier than some of the off-Broadway theatres I have been to in New York City.
The ticket exchange process was shift and painless, and they even have a bar. I got a glass of white wine for 3 EUR. Not bad, given that my theatre ticket was just 9 EUR.
The theatre itself is a black box theatre. It allows for a very flexible theatre design. The chairs are on a set of platform bleachers; very movable and easily rearrangeable if needed. Anyway, I enjoyed my visit; it was a small intimate theatre, which is definitely the way I like it.
I came here to watch one of my Friends performing.
It is a cute little theater, with around 7-9 rows.
Do not come here if you expect to see riverdance or a 200 man orchestra.....come here if u like improv theater and a simple relaxed laugh.
If in Berlin do as the Berliners do - go and see some English plays ;-)) I've seen four plays there and it's a great place. The productions are obviously made and created with a lot of idealism at a low budget -- and still (or even more so) extremely professional. A lot of the actors have come to Berlin because it's the place to be and enjoy playing there. Moreover, I like the choice of plays to be seen there. Apart from modern classics they promote plays by young upcoming authors (like Ashley Brandt) which is a good thing. And the charming and romantic atmosphere of the backyard where you can enjoy your drink before and after the show is a typical Kreuzberg experience.
I'm in whenever I have free time and there's an interesting play on. Out of what I've seen here since I moved to Berlin 4-5 plays were exceptional I loved Caryl Churchills A Number; Howard Barkers Deep Wives, Shallow Animals; Lovepuke; My Romantic History, a play that won an award at the Edinburgh festival. I'd even gladly enjoy some of them once again. Comedy, drama, impro performance, more classic stuff (such as A Midsummer Nights Dream), even heavier and darker plays For instance, ETB's version of Dea Loher's Unschuld within the ongoing Colorblind programme initiated this summer was remarkable. The play is a delight of multiple meanings regarding color as sensorial richness, but also a marker of 'racial difference' and blindness as freedom from prejudice as well as lack of vision. Through an exploration of deeper aspects of themes of guilt, sacrifice, love, sense of purpose/emptiness, divinity as blind chance, but also as exercise of creative or destructive will etc., many conventional dichotomies are ingeniously twisted.
ETB can offer good time in a casual place for a reasonable price, it's recommendable for anyone looking for modern and bold dramatic representation. For obvious reasons the place is almost full even in the last day plays are staged. I'm looking forward to many new things, what is already announced in this year's programme is really promising! One can also check the place out for other kinds of events in English (including readings!).
I spent a great evening here. Nice place. Enjoy.
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