Category Archives: Theatre

Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildBy Alan Mattli

WARNING: This review contains major spoilers.

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Review: “The Tempest” by The Blueprint Masquerades

By Raph al Guul

Despite my own departure from the group last summer, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Blueprint Masquerades; this is why this review, even more so than any other, could never be at all above suspicion of personal bias. But in the past years, no one has taken the time to review the premiere of The Blueprint Masquerades’ productions and so I will take this heavy duty upon myself as I finally have some distance from the very heart of their production cycles.

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The Burden of “Happy Days” – Beckett’s Tragicomedy at the Schauspielhaus Zürich

By Eva Huber

samuel beckettProbably most famous for his Waiting for Godot, Beckett similarly plays with the simplicity of action, staging and plot in Happy Days. The latter play was recently shown at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, directed by 85-year old Werner Düggelin. Düggelin may be a so-called expert in his fields. He has always been an enthusiast of Beckett’s work. Under his direction, other adaptions of “absurdist” plays, for instance by the French play-wright and contemporary of Beckett’s, Ionesco, have been shown in Switzerland.

The play is divided into two acts and the plot is reasonably simple, and so is the staging. Only two characters, namely Winnie and Willie, are present. Winnie, the woman, is buried into a mound over the whole course of the play. Willie, who is most likely her husband, is behind the mound.

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Raph Recommends: The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Blueprint Masquerades have been around for three years now, born out of what seemed to be the end of the long-lived English drama group altogether. Noone really remembers the rocky start of the bpm, in part because the first year did not see the performance that had been planned and worked toward, as it faltered due to copyright issues. So it happened that the newly rebranded drama group only kicked into gear with its debut on the big stage in 2013, performing (F)Ailing (T)Errors, a play written by fellow student Lisann Anders, to such success that the only seriously critical opinions I have heard to this day were those of the actors themselves. To follow up on such a well-received first effort is obviously a tremendously difficult task; as someone who was and is involved in both productions (in fact, I have even been on retainer for that first, uneventful year – but noone remembers that, of course), let me explain to you why I recommend The Importance of Being Earnest, the upcoming play staged by the Blueprint Masquerades.

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It’s Going To Be … Earnest

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The Blueprint Masquerades are currently rehearsing their new play: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. I’m sure everyone of you is familiar with this play (since we’re all good English students and know our stuff…) but just in case it has been awhile since you last read it or your spark notes website doesn’t work, here’s what happens (and yes, I copied that from the bpm website; so the following are not my words – just to make sure that nobody will accuse me of plagiarism). Note: If you don’t want any spoilers because you haven’t read the play yet, stop reading. Now. Or just read the end of this post.

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Revelations: Summer Project 2013 by The Blueprint Masquerades

Revelations: Summer Project 2013 by The Blueprint Masquerades

While you enjoy the delicious food and beverages the FAVA will offer on May 30th, the Blueprint Masquerades would like to entertain you with several ‘revealing’ plays and short stories. Admission is free!

(F)Ailing (T)Errors – Buy tickets now!

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

The Blueprint Masquerades proudly present …

… an English Drama Group production

… a world premiere

… an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

Come and see our performance of the hilarious musical

(F)Ailing   (T)Errors

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