Live Theatre Review: Purity and laser-like focus for Pierrot Lunaire at Komische Oper

In these uncertain Corona times, you don’t have many opportunities to actually witness live theatre performances inside a venue. So I was very happy, writes Sabine ‘Bee’ Koch, to get a ticket for Pierrot Lunaire at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Categorized as three monodramas – two spoken word only, one with accompanying music – Not I […]

Theatre in the Time of Covid-19 Review: The Plague

With open-air events and meetings permitted for up to 200 people in Berlin from 2 June 2020, intrepid reviewer Sabine Koch sees ‘The Plague’ performed in the open air on the forecourt of the Deutsches Theater. My theatre feast was the open air performance of “Die Pest / The Plague” based on the novel by Albert Camus. The […]

Open Air Theatre Review: Maria Stuart

After months of social distancing and lockdowns, the irrepressible Berlin awakens from its ‘Sleeping Beauty’ cultural  slumber. Some museums have opened their doors for reduced numbers of visitors –  you can actually see the exhibits because of fewer people. The first open-air movie theatres started with their programs. Although these shows are shown as ‘sold out’, […]

Berlinale 2020 – A Mirror of the 21st Century

Berlinale 2020 – One Year After Kosslik The charismatic head of the Berlinale, Dieter Kosslik left after 18 years with amazing successes attached to his name but also growing criticism about the programming of the festival. Instead of finding another Jack of all trades, the Berlinale decided to split the position into artistic director (Carlo […]

Theatre Review: Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy

I love Cyrano. That’s all… Director of the moment Jamie Lloyd has done it once again. After his defining season of Pinter plays culminated in the wonderful Betrayal, he started his residency at the Playhouse Theatre with the production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Yes, that golden Oldie, known for the big nose, hats, feathers and […]

Review: The Lehman Trilogy

This gem of a play had a sold-out run at the National Theatre and then transferred to West End’s Piccadilly Theatre for an equally successful run. It’s now set for Broadway in 2020, so no better time than to shine a light on it. Theatre Review by Bee. Starting with the crash of the Lehman […]

New York – Bee Style

When you think of New York, you think of Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the 9-11 Memorial or the MOMA. Famous landmarks for sure and not to be missed, but New York has other little gems, that offer brilliant experiences a bit left of center. Here are arts reviewer Sabine Bee Koch’s current picks: Brooklyn […]

REVIEW: Bee Goes Ape Over The True Story of King Kong

Theatre Magdeburg, in Germany, is somewhat a trial ground for new, ambitious productions. The chamber opera “The True Story of King Kong” by Jeffrey Chin is one of these. It combines pre-produced film clips, live video-feeds of performers and puppetry to illustrate the story of the great ape through the movies. While all these elements […]

Theatre Review: Admissions

This critically acclaimed play talks about values and ideals and how we seem to have trouble following them when they threaten our personal ideas and wishes – another cracking review from Sabine “Bee” Koch… When her son Charlie (Ben Edelman, the revelation of this theatre evening) does not get into the desired University, but his […]

Theatre Review: Arthur Miller’s The Price

You really can’t go wrong with an Arthur Miller play, reports Sabine “Bee” Koch. Even more so, when it’s such a class act as The Price at the Wyndham’s Theatre. The story charts the dissolving of a family home by the surviving sons and the lifelong animosities that surface. The beautiful set design with towering […]