In Marius von Mayenburg’s funny little masterpiece, Frankenstein’s monster is a handsome devil…
The Ugly One is a scalpel-sharp comedy about beauty, identity and getting ahead in life at any cost.
Lette was thwacked by the ugly stick and no one had the heart to tell him. When his boss passes him over for a job and his wife finally gives it to him straight, he books an appointment with a plastic surgeon. After a nip here and a tuck there, he suddenly looks a million dollars. But a million dollars can look pretty cheap if everyone in town starts looking the same.
An operation with complications. In Marius von Mayenburg’s funny little masterpiece, Frankenstein’s monster is a handsome devil but as confused about things as ever. Is there really such a thing as being too beautiful?
‘On the surface Marius von Mayenburg’s cautionary tale offers a number of take home lessons. It’s a satirical horse laugh at our beauty-obsessed culture and our belief that science can fix anything. But the main thing you’ll take home, I’m sure, is a reinforced belief that theatre is the place for funny, oddly-slanted perspectives on the human condition. In the spirit of past MTC studio productions such as Tom Pain and Blackbird, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One, is a new European work ideally suited to the intimacy of the Lawler Studio. The new Lawler Studio has finally given us the opportunity to offer you a tasty little side-dish such as this.’ – MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips.
Marius von Mayenburg was born in Munich in 1972. He attended the Royal Court Theatre International Residency for Young Playwrights in 1998 – the same year in which he became a member of the artistic direction team at the Baracke, the studio theatre of the Deutsches Theatre in Berlin. In 1999 he went with Tomas Ostermeier to work as Playwright-in- Residence and Artistic Director respectively at the Berliner Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz. His plays include Parasiten, Das Kalte Kid, Fireface, Eldorado, Turista, Augenlicht, Der Hasslicheand and Morning Target.
‘As short, sharp and seductive as the surgeon’s knife.’
MTC Associate Director Peter Evans directs a studio production of Marius von Mayenburg’s comic masterpiece, The Ugly One, translated by Maja Zade, and starring three of Melbourne’s brightest young actors: Patrick Brammall, Alison Bell, and Luke Ryan alongside MTC favourite Kim Gyngell. The Ugly One opens Friday 14 May 2010 at 7:30pm at the MTC Theatre, Lawler.
The Ugly One – MTC Theatre, Lawler
252 Sturt Street Southbank Victoria 3006
Season dates: 12 May – 12 June 2010
Opening night: Friday 14 May 2010 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35.00 -$40.00 (Under 30s $25.00)
Booking information: MTC Box Office (03) 8688 0900 or mtc.com.au
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