The idea is downright funny: an alien lands on Earth to accomplish a mission, but is magically attracted to sex. There was nothing about it in their Aliens handbook. More than her desire to get a man into her bed, her thirst for knowing how to actually have sex.
Nina accompanied by her colleague Mrs. Knoop, played by Kotpong Yang. Mrs. Knope slipped into Mr. Albright’s cleaning lady’s shoes, just as Nina slipped into a woman’s shoes. Mr. Albright, sometimes called “The Unjust Beloved” and sometimes called Steve, is the male object of Nina’s desire. It has a way to transmit the radar signal. Nina and Mrs. Knope want to block this transmission, but first find out what this signal actually is.
Nina, played by Sophie Royce, continues to ask a desperate question: “Sex, what is it?” She realizes that it is not easy to seduce someone if she follows an extraterrestrial handbook. Because no one really knows what sex is. Nina learns from her “super-ego,” bombarding her with impossible demands for fun and gloating over her failure, “what it means to be human.
So, Nina, sometimes driven by lust, sometimes frustrated by the “cold and cold mechanical movements” of the sexual act, steps onto the stage in a red sequin-embroidered dress. You can still see green eyeshadow on the last row of parquet.
And so the new almost 90-minute comedy by director René Polish at the German Theater in Berlin, romantic “Extraterrestrial Love”, takes its course. The production was already in January under the title “Very Cheap Dreams”. Well ”, then it was delayed for half a year and finally shown last Friday. Polish has been a director of Volkswagen Bonnet am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz since this season, but he also runs the German theater in Berlin, which recently drew heavy criticism for him.
The Earth mission goes from the radar signal to the “dummy screen” that Nina needs to house Mr. Albright. Ms Knope explains to Nina that people “need here a dummy screen” that filters the trauma of the sexual act. Thus, they maneuver themselves into a taut situation in which the desire for sex is intertwined with its wrong execution. “Our mission is a failure,” says Ms. Knopp.
Sending signals has phallic sexual connotations like nothing else. The idea looks more like a newspaper caricature than a theatrical one. Although the language of the text, as usual, is funny and clever, it somewhat lacks plot and depth. Precisely because one would have liked a little more room to develop for the idea that no one really knows what sex is and that everyone does it in some way.
Conversations falter on a very false psychoanalytic level. The piece translates psychoanalytic findings into a linguistic game of clever distortions. Since there were so few intentional actions, the language could have been more demanding. The entire game is a bit stretched out due to the double imperfection and seems a bit lazy to detail.
Nina and Mr. Albright share a purely sexual attraction, while he has more exciting conversations with Mrs. Knope. Royce looks very young and fresh, and more dynamic than Yang, who speaks very softly at times. In the course of acting, Yang’s character is the only one gaining depth, while Nina falters at Royce a bit. Giving Mr. Albright, Tristan Potter plays well but can’t beat Royce either.
In the end, Nina is so frustrated with the meaninglessness of the human race that she’s back with Kyle next time. Animals have sex easily. They are not as brainy as humans. If players don’t find the cue, they realize there’s always something missing in sex, and that’s what we think sex is. Unfortunately, humans are the only animals that can realize this. This is what distinguishes man from man. Lack of sex in sex makes us human.
The play makes for a very entertaining evening, mostly due to Sophie Rois, but overall it is more unsatisfying than insightful. But maybe that’s what you want – because we humans rarely feel fun anyway.
Next shows: 7, 9 and 10 July