By Rhea Leman

US Premier Directed by Kirstin Franklin* and Amber Robinson*

June 21-July 9, 2017 at Strawdog Theatre


CAST: Amy Gorelow (as Dr. Joseph Goebbels) and Jay Torrence (as Leni Reifenstahl)

PRODUCTION TEAM: Chad Eric Bergman*, Margaret Bystrek, Emma Deane, Susan Fay, Richard Gilbert, Letitia Guillaud, Sammy Grant, Bernadette Hagen, Nigel Harsch*, Baldur Kampmann, Mark Litwicki*, Madelyn Loehr*,  Piper Hubbell Robinson

Photos by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom



-Chicago Theatre Beat
"Portrayed exquisitely by top physical performers...Directors Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson stage a wonderfully hard pill to swallow...Akvavit Theatre is making a strong commitment to bringing serious heavyweight issues sewn riding onto their absurdist tail coats. And as their namesake liquor suggests, a “strong spirit” is indeed necessary to tackle such sensitive themes with compassion, humor and enthusiasm. Jobb godt utført!"...Critic’s Pick
-Perform Ink
These two talented actors...Jay Torrence and Amy Gorelow tear up the stage...Co-directed w/humor and unabashed spunk and spirit by Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson...it’s a continually bombastic and unrelenting tirade that always hits home...Highly Recommended”
— Chicago Theatre Review
The intimate setting allows the audience to examine every detail, light twitch and sweat droplet on stage, yet the entire production crew and cast make it all look effortless. The combination of playwright Rhea Leman’s powerful monologues and dialogues, the intense co-direction of Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson and overwhelming set design by Chad Eric Bergman come together with knockout performances by Gorelow and Torrence.
— New City
Nazis haven’t been this much fun since Springtime with Hitler in Germany...The parade of gags is delightful... an imaginative and fun performance chock full of serendipity-fueled laughs—a winning recipe made to order for trying times.

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