Thursday, February 23, 2006

‘A conservative critic’
Actor chases critic from German theater

FRANKFURT, Feb. 23 (UPI) — The German cultural establishment is in an uproar over an incident where an irate actor hurled a dead swan at a critic and chased him out of the theater.

Critic Gerhard Stadelmaier of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was seated in the front row at the Frankfurt Theater House watching Eugene Ionesco's "The Great Massacre or the Triumph of Death" when the attack happened.

Stadelmaier, a conservative critic, is opposed to the now-common trend in German theater of actors chopping off the heads of rabbits, vomiting mineral water and masturbating one another on stage, The Times of London reported.

"This rubbish theater has gone too far," Stadelmeier said. "You don't have to show everything, but you do have to act."

Actor Thomas Lawinky resented Stadelmeier's criticism of the genre, and when he spotted him, lunged off the stage and hurled the dead bird on his lap and began screaming.

Lawinky has been fired from the theater company.

“Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”
Katharine Hepburn


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