The Physicists

Michael Healey did an excellent job of adapting this play by Friedrich Durenmatt, collaborating with Miles Potter the director to get a Canadian perspective. Now I would like to see another performance directed by an American with an American adaptation to see if I can notice the difference. (Or a British version)

In any case it is an interesting play that raises interesting questions about the responsibility of scientists for the discoveries they make, particularly when they see that their discovery can be used for evil purposes.

Great cast, with Sean McKenna as Fraulein Doktor Mathilde von Zahnd, Geraint Wynn Davies as Mobius, Mike Nadajewski as Einstein and Graham Abbey as Newton.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Physicists

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The basic discussion is certainly still valid today, and you still cannot put the Genie back in the bottle; the focus has to be on managing what has been created/discovered.

    Healey’s decision to move Fraulein Doktor’s speech to later in the second act now looks so obvious, it is hard to imagine it any other way. I guess that’s why they pay him the (not so) big bucks.

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