A daring melodrama about money, love and death. The play is performed at a
restaurant. Half of the audience sees only what is going on in the kitchen
while the rest of the audience sees what is happening in the restaurant. In
order for the audience to get an overall impression, the audience can change
places with each other and see the play again.
Lydia Duprat, Cafe Creme:
The very idea of a play whose action is divided and
played on two different scenes simultaneously - as is
the case with "Å Ena
siden", - is not as original
as you may think. It has been applied before, for
example, in Iceland's Ami Ibsen's play, "Himmelriket",
which was staged at the Upsala City Theater a few years
ago. But no matter who first came up with the idea, it
is undeniably interesting because it opens up new
dramaturgical opportunities. They have unfortunately not been fully utilized here.
The action takes place at the restaurant "Black
and White" and is divided into a kitchen scene and a
restaurant scene. One half of the crowd begins by
choosing either side and after the break, you change and
see the other. I started on the kitchen side and I
advise all of you who have not yet seen this play to
do the same. Then you will finish with
the best part and go home with the feeling that this
theater play may still be quite creative after all. You
have laughed a lot.
It is only when you have seen the two parts of the play
that you should have gained an overview of the whole
intrusion and fully understand the (serious)
consequences of some actions. This is just one of the
narrative techniques that can be seen from two different
perspectives. Unfortunately, the intrigue of idleness
consists of chopped, worn and predictable themes:
left-wing pulpit, bondage and old secrets.
The ensemble struggles
bravely and the authors are undoubtedly succeeding in
generating a number of laughs.
Excellent actors... Nyqvist is
irresistible... Great comedy... On the one hand,
competent actors - on the other hand, shaky material.