From the novel to the stage, Agota Kristof’s cynical and merciless masterpiece packs a wallop. The backdrop is the war, the bombing, the atrocities, the hardships. On a sparsely furnished stage, Klaus and Lucas, in a perfect fusion of body and mind, train themselves to become desensitized, in order to survive the ambient cruelty.
Lacking any sense of morality, they make daily entries into a notebook, detailing the progress of their training and listing their transgressions, until the inevitable separation occurs. This overwhelming and playful adaptation of the first part of the celebrated “trilogy of twins” by the actors of the Flemish collective De Onderneming (The Enterprise), conveys with remarkable sensitivity, the terrifying reality of the novel.
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