After a nice meeting with a professor of theatre – where else, but in Daehangno (대학로), the “Mekka” of stageshows in Seoul – I strolled around a bit, had a look at the journals in the Korea National Archives of the Art, and took some images of posters announcing upcoming performances.
These are the ones I found memorable:
(English titles are, if not obvious adaptations, my translation; links lead to my annex-blog of recommended performances)
5. The Dubious Court Lady (수상한 궁녀) Link
Because this play promises “a comedy with strange/shady/dubious traditional humor” (전통해학의 수상한 코미디).
4. Super-Duper Like-a-Boss Robot (로봇 캡숑 킹왕짱) Link
Because of the cute typography and the unusual poster format.
3. Song of the Beast (짐승가) Link
Because this adaptation of Hamlet sounds like it could be a piece of pansori.
2. Bartleby the Scrivener (필경사 바틀비) Link
Because right after being introduced to this story (first year in college, in a influential seminar on Greek comedy) Bartleby became the theatre makers’ darling (e.g. in Christoph Marthaler’s “Ausdünnung” Lieber Nicht, Volksbühne 2003, a German review)
1. Thank you, Darling (여보 고마워) Link
Because who doesn’t like to hear (or better say) this title? The synopsis sounds like a typical family tearjerker, though…
Unfortunately, I couldn’t see any of these plays yet – if you have, please leave your impression!
– 3 June 2016 (金)