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  Teatrul Național “Radu Stanca” Sibiu – German Department
Goldberg Variations
By: George Tabori
Directed by: Charles Muller
Translated into Romanian by: Alexandru Al. Şahighian
Stage design: Dragoş Buhagiar
Cast: Johanna Adam, Emöke Boldizsár, Anca Cipariu, Krista Birkner, Ali Deac, Andrei Hansel, Daniel Bucher, Daniel Plier, Valentin Späth, Liviu Vlad, Cătălin Neghină, Dorin Pitariu
Tabori’s text - written in 1991- is on the one hand a theatrical farce, and on the other hand a Jewish moralistic play, containing quotes from the Bible and from the lyric poetry of Shakespeare and Milton. The action takes place during rehearsals for a theatre performance that tackles a biblical subject and reflects the thoughts, the dilemmas and the aspirations of the director and the actors involved in the performance. The text is characterized by irony and a typically Jewish sense of humour, and so the performance becomes a statement for the freedom of religious expression. Moreover, the author frequently affirmed that “the farce is the perfect literary form”.
Tabori always avoided considering himself a Jewish author from the diaspora. He would say: “I did not think of myself as a Jew until others called me a Jew”. In Goldberg Variations, Tabori satirizes the Old Testament and expresses his own convictions about the Christian and Judaic religion. In his play, the biblical story of the Genesis from Golgotha Mountain is diminished to the level of a performance carried out by a dreadful God (the director, Mr. Jay), who is helped by his assistant, Goldberg.
Performance presented in German, with translation into Romanian and English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 16.
“Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu in co-production with Théâtre Municipal de la Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg)

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