(The Goat or Who is Sylvia?)

ROLE:  Architect Martin Gray

THEATRE:  Vasateatern, Stockholm

DIRECTOR: Christian Tomner

PREMIERE: September 22, 2005


The tale of a married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy, whose lives crumble when Martin falls in love with a goat, the play focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society. Through showing this family in crisis, Albee challenges audience members to question their own moral judgment of social taboos.

The play also features many language games and grammatical arguments in the middle of catastrophes and existential disputes between the characters. The name of the play refers to the song "Who is Sylvia?" from Shakespeare's play "The Two Gentlemen of Verona".


Michael Nyqvist - Martin Gray
Suzanne Reuter - Stevie Gray
Jacob Ericksson - Ross Tuttle
Albin Flinkas - Billy Gray

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Play by Edward Albee
Translation by Marc C. Matthiesen
Directed by Christian Tomner
Scenography by Charles Koroly
Costumes by Camilla Thulin

Rehearsal Photos - August 23, 2005
Stage Production Photo


2006 Tour Schedule

March 25-26: Örebro, Hjalmar Bergman Theater
April 2-3: Helsingborg
April 9-10:  Malmö, Slagthuset
April 15-16: Norrköping, De Geer-hall
April 22-23 & 27-30: Gothenburg, Lorensbergsteatern

"Sometimes the crowd laughs so much that it's hard to hear what is said on the stage... Expectations were high and the play does not live up to them, which absolutely does not depend on the actors. Nyqvist and Reuter are both brilliant, Albin Flinkas as well. Jacob Ericksson does play the role of Screw Ross very well, but honestly he fits better in the TV children's program where we usually see him. Disappointment is the strongest feeling when I leave the concert hall. But one thing is still a little fascinating - I've never seen a piece where the word f*** is used at least a hundred times."  ...Nina Bromen,

"Geten comes to Sweden for the first time. A newly written piece that made success both on Broadway in New York and in London's West End, and was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play 2002. It's a black comedy about dark secrets. Equally provocative as Virginia Woolf, if not more. It is about an architect who's on top of his career and lives a perfect life with his wife and son. Suddenly things happen that cannot happen. He falls in love with Sylvia.  Albee wanted to write a play that provokes and challenges our moral concept."    ...Malin Dahlberg / TT Spektra, September 15, 2005

"This play does not resemble Albee's major international success Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? In Geten we are not on a solid psychological basis. We are in a very uncertain area. The matter is about what happens when a revelation hits a person with full strength. Here it is the successful architect Martin who, when he is fifty years old, stands on the verge of his career suffering from the absurd love for a goat... Michael Nyqvist is superb in the lead role. He plays without big executions, but with a calm commitment to the role of convincing...  You leave the theater with your head buzzing with thoughts. Everyone is not quite pleasant. Do you have to slaughter the goat?"   ...Åke S Pettersson,

"Geten is a grotesque Broadway piece about a successful architect and his chic wife, and about what happens when the man begins to romance a goat... I think during the first act. I feel critical and a little disgusted. Even though the actors are superb and the text (and the translation of it!) Amazing. I participate intensively in all that happens, do not have a chance to cope. It's entertaining. Engaging. But the laughs bother me... Edward Albee's play is provocative because it's about a man who thinks it's perfectly okay to disturb animals. And yet, he appears as sensitive, intelligent and sympathetic. And allowed to submit his views from the stage. When the play ends, he stands kneeling at the murdered goat and awakens my sympathy and understanding...  This is worse than Lars Norén!  I leave the Lorensberg theater with very mixed feelings.  ...Kajsa Öberg Lindsten,

"Michael Nyqvist plays Martin with retained concentration... All he can do is repeat "you do not understand" as a mantra. Suzanne Reuter as Stevie gets the show going from comedy to tragedy by sharpening his game. 'This is too serious to be taken seriously,' says Stevie while frantically crushing the dinner porcelain and letting her sarcasm win friends. It's great acting art... The problem is that the meaning of Albee's play remains unclear. He has pulled out the comedy of absurdity by showing the most forbidden. Bestiality. It deals with a superficial plan about the need for total tolerance in front of something we have zero tolerance to. But it does not work."   ...Theater critic Sthig Jonasson


Vasateatern, Stockholm