Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin at Havana Theatre brings audiences an emotionally charged but entertaining history lesson of Hitler’s reign of terror and how the ghosts of that time don’t just linger but continue to be real struggles for not just survivors but families from both sides. Fear, hate, shame, self loathing are only a few of the remnants that remain.
Although sometimes challenged by the content and complex structure of the play, these actors do a fine job of portraying the story so you can understand and feel the conflict within the main character and his fiancé. It’s not without some hiccups but it’s easily a worthwhile 90 minutes of entertainment, insight and history that everyone can benefit from.
If you missed this one be sure to watch out for the next Dalliance Theatre Collective presentation as this isn’t the first and unlikely the last time they dig in deep to bring significant stories to the Vancouver theatre scene.
East of Berlin by Dalliance Theatre is playing at Havana Theatre until 30 November.
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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