Presented by Happy Medium Theatre Co.
By Israel Horovitz
Directed by Brett Marks
Featuring: R. Nelson Lacey, Audrey Lynn Sylvia, Michael Underhill
Review by Kitty Drexel
Trigger Warning: Nazis, Holocaust, Death, Violence, Microaggressions, Gloucester references
(Boston) “Lebensraum” literally translated means “living space.” For the Nazis, it was local colonialism, an expansion of territory in order to displace inferior people. It is based on the manifest destiny principle*.
Lebensraum, the drama, is about the world reaction to a German Chancellor’s televised invitation to the Jewish community to return to Germany. It has a tender love story, media hype and politics to poke your eye out. While the events of the script are not real, the characters’ reactions to the fictional events are. Horovitz’s script is striking because, were the events of the show to actually occur, they would likely occur as they do in his script. His argument is convincing and his psychology is sound. Horovitz has analyzed the human population and found us territorial, racist and surprisingly resilient. It is horrifying to know that while we teach the Holocaust in history, humans have learned almost nothing from it. Continue reading