Friday, 8 January 2016

Theater Basel | Das Sparschwein (Piggy Bank)



Das Sparschwein (Piggy Bank) is a comedy by Eugène Labiche.
It plays in 1864 in a small french town, where a group of friends meets every monday night to play cards. The bets are collected in a piggy bank and after one year they decide to break it open.
As they can not agree on what to do with the money they decide to vote on it and the result of the vote is a trip to Paris.
One misfortune succeeding the next, the big city and the money to spend seems to be too much for the provincials and the trip is full of confusions and bad luck.
The stage set is fantastic with big loops and platforms in different heights, everything is in gold which adds even more movement to the play as the actors move from one part of the stage to an other.
We really liked the dynamics of the piece, we felt like we are in the middle of a really chaotic family trip where each individual follows his own goals of the day and from time to time they reunite and try to reconcile their plans which leads to even more confusion.
Some scenes and punchlines are prolonged or repeated very often, so they might loose a bit of their original wit, but still we think the actors are fantastic and the play is full of energy and laughter and shows us that basic democracy also has its own pitfalls.


Ingo Tomi as CHAMPBOURCY
Myriam Schröder as LEONIDA (his sister)
Liliane Amuat as BLANCHE (his daughter)
Nicola Mastroberardino as COLLADAN
Urs Peter Halter as CORDENBOIS
Mario Fuchs as FELIX RENAUDIER
Max Rothbarth as BENJAMIN / JOSEPH AND MORE ROLES
Florian Jahr as COCAREL AND MORE ROLES
Andrea Bettini as BECHUT
Arno Waschk as MUSICIAN


production: Martin Labarenz
stage: Volker Hintermeier
costume: Adriana Braga Peretzki
music: Arno Waschk
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

picture © Simon Hallström

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