Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter
Letters home from the front by 12 different men sit at the heart of this monologue with music. Envelopes lie scattered around the stage, expectantly, picked up one at a time by actor Jesper Arin.
The letters themselves are real, written by German soldiers in Stalingrad during Christmas 1942, but never delivered, which should make watching this show feel like a punch to the heart.
But, ether through circumstance or arrogance, Arin directed his own performance – resulting in virtually no differentiation between the men.
Everything is delivered on the same level, with scant physicality, making emotional connection virtually impossible.
Spotlites (venue 278), until 31 August, 12:15pm.
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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