The First Vienna Grätzl-Soap
Book, Music, Lyrics (Episode 1-3), Direction (Episodes 1 and 3)
Produced by Albert Schmidleitner (Theater Vindobona)
Make-Up: Aurie Hummer
Costumes: Gaby Rajtora
With Özaydin Akbaba, Vincent Bueno, Marie-Luise Haugk, Alev Irmak, Otto Jaus, Adem Karaduman, Iva Lukic, Hanae Mori, Ivana Nikolic, Ronald Seboth, Richard Schmetterer, Rainer Stelzig, Silvia T. Steindl, David Wurawa
Aline, a young student from the bourgeois district of Döbling, moves into her first own apartment in Brigittenau and discovers a diverse world alien to her. Her neighbors are Turks, Serbians and weird Austrians. Her parents are shocked. Aline makes new friends and integrates herself into the pulsating life in the hood. The plots tell the stories of Turkish family Serduk and Serbian family Nikolic. At Café Win & Lose, Hannover Market and “Studio Elysium” we also meet Ju-Ai, DVD-merchant from Vietnam, Henry, drug dealer from Simbabwe, Hakan, a gay construction worker, Dr. Feutel, a satanic priest, mad Ms. Krc and many more. There is much to laugh about as well as serious moments such as Dusan’s recollection of the war in Bosnia.
Originally mapped for eight episodes, four episodes of Season 1 were produced in 2009/2010. Episode 2 was directed by Thomas Mraz, Episode 4 by Daniel Keberle. The book for Episode 4 was written by Nina Schneider.
Music & Songs
Johannes Glück, writer and director of the highly entertaining Grätzelsoap Jägerstraße, knows how to make contrasting worlds clash. Aline, well-off parents’ daughter and the character we are supposed to identify with, rented her first apartment in Brigittenau and explores a sometimes bizarre world that is alien to her. En passant, Johannes Glück criticizes society, well-targeted. His soap is political, at times moralizing, popular theater. Life in the hood is being a tad idealized but there is no denial of reality. In Jägerstraße, migrants are not just side characters or extras as they used to be in the TV series “Kaisermühlen Blues”. They are the core of the show. The “real” Viennese characters are – except for Aline – bigots, crazy and bourgeois. Johannes Glück holds a mirror up to them using lots of humor and – sometimes crude – jokes. And he has an outstanding cast at his disposal.
Der Standard, Thomas Trenkler
Almost every cliché is stretched-out without bothering about any political correctness. The result is refreshingly funny. The Grätzelsoap convinces with strong moments that, as exaggerated as they may be, carry a lot of truth at their core. “Jägerstraße” makes Theatre Vindobona being closer to real life than any other stage in town.
Kurier, Elias Natmessnig
Saturday night, fhe first night of the fast-paced production “Jägerstraße” marked a tremendous success with the audience for the owner of the re-opened Theater Vindobona. Many of the characters seem to be quite over the top but the multi-ethnic cast, acting with plenty of humor and charm, give their roles a self-ironic twist and show how absurd certain migrant stereotypes are. Contemporary theatre often gets preachy when it deals with the migration issue. Not so in this show.
APA / krone.at
Writer Johannes Glück serves a pretty funny blend of local colors and adult jokes like he did in his puppet musical “Krawutzi Kaputzi”. That’s the way the failed TV series “Mitten im 8en“ could have become a success. Too bad dildos are not allowed on prime time.