Die Kassette (The Strongbox)
by Carl Sternheim
Running time: Two hours, 30 minutes, one interval
Following his first work for the SchauSpielHaus, which was based on Moliere’s “The School for Wives”, Herbert Fritsch now turns to the author Sternheim with his unique linguistic stringency and mannerisms and his marvelous grasp of comedies. In this domestic comedy all seven deadly sins – wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony – are presented for us to enjoy. And if “love or money” is what it all comes down to in the end, then the protagonist Heinrich Krull clearly appears to be in favour of the latter – despite just having returned from his honeymoon with his terribly young second wife Fanny. Awaiting them are his daughter Lydia who is almost the same age as his wife, and her sharp-tongued aunt Elsbeth who feels sidelined by the new family constellation. So she is quick to dangle the prospect of a substantial inheritance before Heinrich and thereby immediately manages to become the sole focus of his attention – much to the displeasure of his recently wedded “sweet doll” Fanny. In the end, aunt Elsbeth feels forced to take drastic measures as greed threatens to turn everyone’s head.
Photos © Thomas Aurin