Marriage is a struggle 2

Marriage is a struggle

The ensemble plays a comedy on "Wonderful Exercise" Boulevard and proves: Perfect relationship doesn't exist

With crimson heads, the two fighters face each other in a boxing ring and beat themselves up with boxing gloves: Joana Dorek and Valentin Dorek. They have been married for 17 years, the parents of two children. "We lived separately," he says. “It has us apart,” she says. It is, obviously, a quarrel, a marriage.

In order to save their relationship after all, the married couple Dorek opted for therapy for the couple, which is now taken to the stage in a "miracle exercise" at the Bergkirchener Hoftheater. The comedy by Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer contains so many pointed dialogues between the two spouses that even the viewer, as well as the couple therapist, become dizzy. Joana Dorek talks to herself, breathless and breathless, the burden of the soul and does not let her husband speak, who sits in a suit and binds himself to his little blue chair in a boxing ring. But it doesn't take long to get up, especially when his wife talks about his "sexual affair." The therapist talks about "a vibrant high-level dispute culture."

Boxing gloves are quickly coming into use, which were really just for "ironic decoration," says the therapist couple, who is already sorry after a few minutes. Initially highly motivated and persuasive, she tries to arouse the "positive" in the couple, but when Joana forcibly locks her husband's mouth and nose, interrupting her hiccups as she speaks, the relationship expert seems to slowly lose her patience. His therapeutic exercises like "Open Hands" collapse after just a few seconds, chairs fly in the air, Juana pulls Valentine out for a tie and his boxing ring soon resembles a battlefield. In the second "role reversal" exercise, two competitors must take on the role of the other. "And that helps?" asks Valentin. "It's worth a try," replies "Magister," as the couple calls it, with little hope in their voice. The two also fail in this exercise, as does the romantic background music. Only when they enjoy the old memories and tell their previous dives does the harmony between the couple become clear.

Christina Schäfer and Ansgar Wilk do not forgive themselves in the roles of the couple when they are verbally attacked again after a few nice words: "We were a classic underwater couple," he says. "We should never show up," he replies. "It's not common," he replies. The relationship specialist seems to be overwhelmed by the whole situation, until the turn of the play believes in any way out. But then the therapy session by e-mail to the soul doctor experiences a sudden turnaround: the wife informs him in writing that he is leaving. And from second to next, a new role change happens on stage. This time between therapist and therapist. Patrick Brenner, as a "master" alias therapist, is proving a great acting talent, when he is now from the balanced advisor of a desperate Forsaken.

"We came to the right people," Valentine Dorek rolls his eyes, but the couple doesn't release the therapist and listens to the story of suffering. Now ask the questions. The reason for the separation was "perfect relationship", read the email. And too perfect a relationship. "There is no heat without friction," explains Juana, a relationship consultant. "In the name of a perfect world, my wife is frozen!" Whether the relationship between the two couples can ultimately be saved can be seen at the Hoftheater Bergkirchen by March next year. You hear many speed dialogues and you may find yourself in one or the other "marital crisis" again. But one thing is clear: a perfect relationship does not exist.