So much effort, so little honor – European Culture News

“I just wanted to do it differently!” It’s one of the last sentences Linda utters in despair. In a hopeless situation, at the end of her career, which was so dreamy that the younger generation overtook her.

In Schauspielhaus in Graz, Beatrix Douderer stars as a strong woman who, at 55, must realize that the years she was attractive in all respects are behind her. However, she was able to start a family besides her job – a mixed family with two daughters and what she calls the common man – however, it was a life boulder for her. Until I finally caught him in a fling. Exactly at the time she had to experience her first major setbacks in her job.

With “Linda,” British writer Penelope Skinner created a tragic comedy depicting highly psychologically accurate characters. By the way, I was able to show the difficulties of three generations of women without falling into the depressive mood of the apocalypse. Although the big happy ending to the story is missing.

There is Linda herself, whose mother killed herself as a child, who left her own devices at a young age and who was also a single mother for a few years, taking her fate into her own hands. Through tremendous diligence and discipline, to the point of self-abandonment, I was able to reach the level of senior management of a cosmetic company. However, some feelings fell by the wayside, but also sympathy, which could have helped her mainly in raising her daughters.

Alice, the eldest, is severely depressed and never leaves the house. Trapped by a traumatic situation she endured at school, Twenty Thing remains a sexless creature in an animal suit in her parents’ apartment. Although her parents know what hurt the girl so much, they cannot sympathize and help her. Daria von Loewenich makes a really nice entry with a monologue in this piece. In a situation that was completely unexpected for her, she began to speak very emotionally about the shame that had befallen her. It also deals with situations that nearly every woman has experienced poorly at one or more times, such as being measured by stranger men with their own eyes. This Souda is a highlight of the evening, not only because it plays with great force and spreads from the stage to the audience. It’s words, the constant exposure to the emotions of a young woman unable to deal with the excessive sex she feels she is experiencing.

On the other hand, Alice’s sister is of a different caliber. She is about to prepare for her acting exam and struggles with the fact that not only are women’s roles inferior to men’s, but their monologues are also much shorter. She talks about this dilemma over and over again, without it being properly noticed by either her father or her stepmother. Her teachers don’t help either, because they’re stuck with role models that are totally against the girl’s direction. How sympathetic Bridget appears in a scene where she tells her mother how much she loves her, knowing full well that she will be very disappointed in her eldest daughter later that day. The tears I shed after Linda witnessed her outburst, which she really can’t explain, also show how much the child suffers from adult stress and is unable to handle it. Iman Tekle embodies this teenager in a very authoritative way, which at the same time shows what adults have completely lost. Compassion and the ability to listen. Although she is younger, everyone can learn from her.

“Linda” (Photo: Lex Carrelli)

Neil, Linda’s husband, is having another child with the young singer of his band (Natalia Guzelevich), who could be his daughter. Jerry Landschauer and Bernhard Neumeier play the drummer and bassist. Standing in the afternoon is Neil’s retreat and although he is excellent at analyzing this short affair and his wife insists this has nothing to do with love, he has to face the consequences of his actions and is kicked out of the house by Linda. Franz Solar is the epitome of a drowned Poodle, while he came out of the bathroom with only a towel around his hips and his hair was dripping wet and had to bear the full force of his wife’s wrath.

It soon turns out that Amy, Linda’s younger rival in the office, is one of those character pigs that many encounter in real life in their daily work, without being able to put them in their place due to an imbalance of power. Sarah Sophia Meyer embodies that young career type who feels that the life she wants to live is fundamentally not possible. Job and family are totally opposites. Unlike Linda, she realized the problem early on, but she doesn’t have a way out of the dilemma either. Penelope Skinner also points out that there is still a difference between a woman or a man having a short sexual adventure that should not be advertised. The chance of a bad exit from the story is much greater for a woman than for a man. Linda’s boss (Franz Xaver Zack) ruthlessly stabs her in the back in the toughest situation of her career, instead of helping her like she did before.

In this game, only one person stands against the dictates of being successful and young. Luke, a young apprentice. Living only “in the present”, he prepares for his trip to Bali, where he will meet like-minded people who, like him, are convinced that what surrounds us is pure imagination. One actually thinks that Lukas Walcher’s naivety and youthful megalomania prevent him from being drawn into the whirlpool of stupid everyday office life and from allowing himself to be completely guided by the events that flow in upon him.

Dominic Schneiser performed the play on stage (Christian Triuner, also responsible for costumes), equipped with Linda’s office and living space. Whether it’s a kids’ room or meeting room, a kitchen-dining or an office overlooking the city below, whether it’s the band’s practice room or a restroom – all of this can be easily done on a 360-degree stage. What develops a little hesitantly at first, until all the characters involved are introduced, gradually gains speed in the course of events until it ends at the grand finale, where Linda once again experiences her professional flashback. Presenting a marketing award and her speech about it 10 years ago. In it, the writer packed a grain of the bitter truth that everything Linda wanted to achieve happened not only for herself, but also for other women and her daughters. There is no sign of women’s solidarity, the dictation of eternal beauty and youth has already reached the age of 25. The balance between family, children and work is uncontrollable. Some of them inevitably fall by the wayside.

As with Ferdinand von Scherach’s “Got”, the theater and its crew have succeeded in bringing an entertaining piece to the stage with plenty of potential for reflection and discussion. “Linda” is not just a play worth watching, but above all a play to talk about. With friends, in the family or even outside – in environments that think about equality for women. It’s not just a play for women over the age of five. It is also a play for young women who wish to draw their own conclusions from what was and is and perhaps harmonize their lives in a way very different from what is presented here.

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