Immortalised in the 1972 film, Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s melodrama The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant started its life on stage. Within the melodrama genre, you expect to see a character wail and weep majestically; someone might throw a glass or plate and let it fall, dramatically, to pieces; there might be a thrilling love connection – and/or there might be a cruel fight. In Shane Bosher’s production of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, you get them all. At once.
This production revels in the beauty of its all-women cast (much of the action happens in front of an oversized mirror) and the fallout of their tumultuous relationships. But it doesn’t do the psychological legwork needed to elevate the ‘spurned-love’ story into a more compelling comment on human relationships and the manipulation, exploitation, and negotiation they involve…. READ MORE