When Nietzsche Wept

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When Nietzsche Wept
When Nietzsche Wept, the theatrical performance at Aulea theatre, is based on a 1992 novel by Irvin D. Yalom, an American existential psychiatrist. The story takes place mostly in Vienna in the late 19th century. Via a “double psychotherapy” Breuer and Nietzsche try to heal the wounds of their lives. It is a brilliant performance that makes the audience look deeper at the human soul.
Akilas Karazisis’ and Nick Chatzopoulos’ stage directions offer an illuminating insight in the two men’s psychology. One of the facts that struck my attention is that at the beginning of the play the action is evolving at the very front part of the stage, but later on the actors start to “go deeper”, resulting finally at the back wall. It seems like the stage reflects the level of communication Nietzsche and Breuer have; every time that a barrier regarding their relationship is broken, a curtain is rising. Another interesting fact regarding the direction of the performance is the way the female characters are presented: through puppets. This is actually weird if we take into account the major impact they have on Nietzsche and Breuer, but it helps the audience to focus on the male characters, which are actually more important to the plot.
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Akilas Karazisis’ and Charis Fragkoulis’ performances are of a great level but the one who stands out is Nick Chatzopoulos who is quite impressive as Nietzsche. He manages to express the philosopher’s complex personality and imposing attitude through a realistic and persuasive way. It is striking that the three of them are in head of the whole play. Not only they impersonate the three male characters and the narrator(s), but they also take care of the setting and some times even of the music. Not to mention that they give life to the female characters by moving the puppets and giving them
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