Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Theater Basel | Ich bin wie ihr, ich liebe Äpfel (I'm like you, I love apples)

I'm like you, I love apples is a play by Theresia Walser. The comedy brings together three dictators wives, Mrs Imelda (wife of the dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos), Mrs. Margot (wife of Erich Honecker) and Mrs Leila (wife of the Tunisia president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
The three women come together for a press conference publicizing a documentary film about their lives and are waiting to make their appearances together with a translator.
During the wait, the three women brag about their husbands, their achievements and their power, make fun of each other and are mostly interested in talking about themselves. Therefore it takes them a while to realize that the translator does not seem to be so particular about his translations. He takes the liberties to streamline or expand their sentences, comment on them or even translate something completely different to what they actually wanted to say.
Of course this leads to a lot of misunderstandings, disagreements and chaos on stage.
We think the play and the actors were fantastic, we laughed so much and the constellation of these three ruthless women being forced to wait in the same room with only one translator to help them communicate is just hilarious.

Florian von Manteuffel as GOTTFRIED
Katja Jung as MRS IMELDA
Franziska Hackl as MRS MARGOT
Nicola Kirsch as MRS LEILA

production: Sebastian Schug
stage and costumes: Christian Kiehl
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

© pictures: Simon Hallström

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