Stephanie Gaslin

‘Mr Kolpert’: O to be young and alienated

Third Rail Rep delivers the splendidly macabre comedy along with the pizza

Maybe we should look at German playwright David Gieselmann’s Mr. Kolpert as a period piece. One of the first plays that Third Rail Repertory Theatre wanted to do when it started in 2003, the play’s technical difficulties made it difficult to mount back then. The company has waited more than a decade to put it onstage, and now Mr. Kolpert finally receives a smart, deliciously evil production, with carefully blended performances from its cast under the direction of Scott Yarbrough.

The dinner party of Kelly Godell, left,   takes a turn when thumping comes from the trunk. Leif Norby investigates because Rolland Walsh is all tied up./Owen Carey

The dinner party of Kelly Godell, left, takes a turn when thumping comes from the trunk. Leif Norby investigates because Rolland Walsh is all tied up./Owen Carey

So, right, Mr. Kolpert was written at the end of the 1990s, as a tech bubble filled with air, and Western culture achieved something like Peak Vapidity. Or so we thought.

With vapidity came awareness of vapidity. And that awareness resulted in a generalized ennui, an emptiness. Then the bubble burst and we were saved from ourselves. Temporarily at least.

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