A tumult of conflicting desires is ignited when Obrum brings home a broken piano, poison ivy, and a would-be Beethoven instead of a washing machine.
Wanted: Love, A Washing Machine, Babies and Artistic Fulfillment
Reward: A musical folk play that will lift you from bread dough in the pan up to white clouds in the sky
Written by Armin Wiebe • Directed by Kim McCaw
April 7–17, 2011
Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne
Armin Wiebe has brought Gutenthal to the stage! A comic ‘folk play’ with a classical music base, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz follows a farm wife, a carpenter, a midwife, and a musician as they struggle to find fulfillment of their seemingly impossible wantings, drawing on the means at hand on a homestead removed from the stifling customs of the village.
“Armin Wiebe does for Gutenthal…what Stephen Leacock did for Mariposa and its inhabitants. The results are similarly uproarious and touching, side-splittingly anarchic and wistful.”
—Patrick Dunn for CM Magazine