at the Theatre@Boston Court
Bertolt Brecht's prescient 1941 German-language play, set during Europe's Thirty Years' War (1618–1648), was intended as a satiric commentary on World War II. Its hard-hitting themes on the calamitous effects of war—the tearing apart of families, widespread death and destruction, profiteering, hidden political agendas, moral confusion, and sheer madness—-now seem more pertinent than ever. Director Jessica Kubzansky's local premiere of David Hare's 1995 translation captures the dark humor, thought-provoking drama, and potent theatricality of the idiosyncratic Brechtian style. She delivers a stirring rendition of one of the 20th century's most challenging classics.