12/06/2016, 15:08, Vienna  DEUTSCH / ENGLISH

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Choosing a Spouse and Oedipus Complex

Author: Toghrul Salamzade

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Oedipus Complex

The Oedipus complex is one of the focal ideas of Sigmund Freud´s theories. Today in particular it is common knowledge (in any event everyone has heard about it). Frequently you can discover the guardians who need to comprehend "endure" if their tyke is doomed to have this complex and how to battle it. To answer these inquiries, we should comprehend in the first place, who Oedipus is. As indicated by old Greek myth, it was the name of the kid, who was conceived by the wife of the Theban lord Laius. Indeed, even before its birth prophets warned Laius, that he will die because of his own child. Subsequently, on the requests of his dad, the hirelings pierced his ankles (Oedipus signifies "swollen foot"), exiled him from the royal residence and abandoned him in the wild.

The youngster, be that as it may, did not bite the dust, but rather was rescued and raised by outsiders, who he until then considered his folks. Oedipus grew up by one means or another until he heard the prediction with which he identifies, and as such he was startled out of the house, not having any desire to fulfill this prophecy. Destiny (as it was by the old Greeks, was constant and all-effective) pushed him out and together with a stranger - Laem, who he killed during the resulting fight. Later, close to the town of Thebes, he could accomplish a great deed by killing a creature that terrorized the townspeople. Excited Thebans elevated Oedipus to the empty position of King, and he, in accordance with the custom, wedded the dowager of Laius, not realizing that it was his own birth mother. The story did not end there and had numerous sad results, which, in any case, are not all that critical for us.
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Psychosis or wannabe art?

Venue: Premiere: DER TRAFIKANT on 12/02/2016 at the Volx/Margareten
Author: Eva-Maria Wöls

The director Sebastian Schug and author Robert Seethaler bring the bestseller novel "Der Trafikant [N.T. owner of a "little" store like a tobacconist, corner store/kiosk]" to the theater stage:
Vienna 1937. The 17-year-old Franz Huchel is sent by his mother from the country to the city to a friend of the family, in order to learn how to become a tobacconist. Among the regular customers of the kiosk is the famous "Nut doctor" Sigmund Freud, which the young man befriends and seek advice for his love life. The difficult times of the late 1930s in Vienna and the relations of the persons acting with each other are to be discussed.

If you read the very well-designed program, you would say that this play is a serious story. Heavy stuff. Interesting/complicated relationships. But neither the (pre-war) period is felt in the performance or any kind of relationship between the actors. Everything stays on the surface. The main figure aptly remarked in one place: "we live in strange times". What should be funny about the story, one asks during the first act. Funny in the sense of witty or rather in the sense of confusing?

At the beginning the impression arises that it is a comedy. The supposedly serious action is caricatured. Further along of the first act, the play reminds one of a psychotic state. During the second act the viewer is bombarded with countless role changes (five actors play 25 (!) roles and act as stage performers), transcriptions, pictures, sounds, historical and contemporary background music and foreground live singing, the representation is largely "funny", and a serious background can only be assumed thanks to the over-stimulus.
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