These productions will head to the Berliner Festspiele in May: The jury has convened and the invitations are out – the seven-headed panel has announced the 10 most important theatre productions in the German-speaking world. Read more

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Half a million for five performances! Theatertreffen 2018 was a year of big-budget, splash-out productions. Is it worth it? Overwhelmed and queasy, critic Lily reflects on the 'pricelessness' of art and whether it was all worth the money. Read more

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Germany's biggest theatre fest kicks off May 4 (through May 21) and the Berliner Festspiele continues its march to a more diverse Theatertreffen. Here are three productions that don't have a white male behind them. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: An annotated playlist

For the festival’s closure, Lily Kelting comes up with 10 reflections on the musical side of this year’s Theatertreffen. Spotify playlist included! Read more

May 22, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

INTERVIEW: Native Berliner Ersan Mondtag returns to Theatertreffen with the post-apocalyptic "Die Vernichtung" (The Extermination). Catch it May 20 and 21 (with English surtitles) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: Free hugs in a one-room democracy

Can free hugs make a better world? Probably not. But they do feel good. Berlin’s Social Muscle Club invited guests from their now-global network to host a give-and-take performance as part of the new "Shifting Perspectives" platform. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: First world problems

Welcome to the 2017 Theatertreffen Blog! Our stage editor, Lily Kelting, looks back at the opening weekend’s productions – and discovers two bold, but utterly different artistic positions about the state of things. Read more

May 10, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Larger-than-life sets, nudity and chicken suits: Get ready for Theatertreffen, your annual cheat sheet to what’s hot in German theatre – May 6-21. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: In a TRANS-

Lily Kelting concludes her Theatertreffen Blog contribution with a look at the Stückemarkt's "TRANS-" and a rumination on the power of language. Read more

May 30, 2016 12:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: The ethics of open questions

For a close, Lily Kelting delivers a think-piece on one of Theatertreffen's most derided plays: Ersan Mondtag's "Tyrannis". And she actually didn't hate it. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: Many untold stories

Who are some of the most fascinating people at this year's Theatertreffen? Our stage editor found one of them. Lily Kelting talks with actor Yousef Sweid about living and working as an Israeli-Palestinian actor in the Hauptstadt. Read more

May 17, 2016 11:00 AM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: On arriving

Lily Kelting is up and running (or up and sitting) at Theatertreffen at this point, checking out the best German theatre has to offer. Her first forays? Two plays dealing with "Migrationshintergrund"... Read more

May 9, 2016 3:20 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: Greetings!

Stage editor Lily Kelting says a quick "hallo" before she ships off to Theatertreffen, where she'll be reporting on 16 days of Germany's top theatre from the front lines. Here's what to expect. Read more

May 4, 2016 1:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Starting this Fri, May 6, it’s the Super Bowl of German theatre, a two-week celebration of 10 top plays – and this year, for the first time ever, Theatertreffen has reached gender parity. Here are the women to watch. Through May 22. Read more

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Theatertreffen blog: Baby's first Castorf

This year's Theatertreffen went out with a bang. Sunday's presentation of Baal was the last hurrah for Frank Castorf's controversial production, Castorf added numerous other texts to the original play. Rebecca Jacobson was witness to the madness. Read more

May 20, 2015 3:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: Party Poopers – “Das Fest”

After digging herself out from underneath all the confetti, stage editor Rebecca Jacobson finds that "Das Fest" comes up empty. Read more

May 17, 2015 3:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen blog out loud: John Gabriel Borkman audio review

Hear our voice of the Theatertreffen! Our stage editor Rebecca Jacobson and Annegret Märten from the TT-Blog sat down with theatre blogger and academic Holger Syme to discuss Karin Henkel’s production of “John Gabriel Borkman”. Read more

May 15, 2015 12:30 PM , The Theatertreffen Blog

Mixing "Heart of Darkness" and "Apocalypse Now" with current events like piracy in Somalia and the Afghan war, playwright Lotz brings his anarchic production "Die lächerliche Finsternis" to Theatertreffen on May 13 and 14 at Berliner Festspiele. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: Come on in, the water’s fine

Rebecca's still wading the Theatertreffen waters: Far away in Pankow, in an imposing sandstone stairwell, director Thom Luz spins stories of cannibalism and sea cows into theatrical cotton candy. Read more

May 9, 2015 3:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave

Belgian theater maker Tom Struyf closed the Stückemarkt with a work that blended storytelling, video interviews and dance. Rebecca Jacobson was won over. Read more

May 7, 2015 11:45 AM The Theatertreffen Blog

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