Katzelmacher

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And of course our City Garage Classics program is still going strong. This week we have a production from 2003 “Katzelmacher” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Here is what the LA Weekly had to say:

LA WEEKLY — PICK OF THE WEEK

KATZELMACHER is the German slang for “cat screwer,” which actually refers to somebody with an unbridled sex drive. In the case of Jorgos (Steve Najarro, bearing an expression of sweet bewilderment), in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s very first (1968) play, the label is a misnomer, an ethnic slur applied to this Greek (“foreign”) laborer in a provincial German town. Katzelmacher is something of an etude in which Fassbinder shows the stock jealousy and xenophobia that ensues after the migrant worker, who barely speaks the language, beds his employer (Maureen Byrnes) and draws the romantic attentions of the local women (Kathryn Sheer, Katharina Lejona and Szilvi Naray-Davey). Mean while, the guys (Mathew Gifford, Bo Roberts, Laurence Coven and David E. Frank) are barely employed yet too proud to work for the low wages that Jorgos plans on sending home to his wife and kids. Fassbinder is really looking at the psychological effects of money, at how the town’s orgasmic violence stems from its economic malaise — which, though a truthful idea, does little to explain the sadism of the rich. Frederique Michel smartly evokes the play’s 1966 setting (with Brigitte Bardot flip ‘dos and costume designer Erin Vincent’s one-piece leather minis) with an ensemble bereft of Hollywood lip enhancements and repaired teeth. Rather, they look plucked from the regions — perfect for this play’s ambiance. Michel stages the episodic scenes in the style of a cabaret, propelled by sound designer Jason Piazza’s percussion….The production is a mostly disciplined and cogent examination of “otherness” that’s, distressingly, more apt than ever.”

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(Left to right) Katherine Sheer, Matthew Gifford; photo Paul Rubenstein

(Left to right) Katarina LeJona, Steve Najarro; photo Paul Rubenstein
(Left to right) David E Frank, Matthew Gifford, Steve Najarro, Bo Roberts; photo Paul Rubenstein


(Left to right) Laurence Coven,Szilvi Naray-Davey; photo Paul Rubenstein