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January 31, 2010

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE THEATRE

Telegraph, UK - A play at one of Germany's most prestigious theatres has ended in chaos after four actors decided "as an experiment" to substitute vodka for water during a performance about "one of the most famous alcoholic benders in world literature".
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In a stage prduction of "Moscow To the End of the Line" at Frankfurt's prestigious Schauspielhaus theatre, Torben Kessler, Michael Abendroth, Marc Oliver Schulze and Oliver Kraushaar, decided the best way to portray their characters "“ the worker and his fellow passengers who spend the journey binge-drinking and never arrive at their destination "“ was to hit the bottle, the Guardian reports.

Initially the audience was amused but concern grew as the actors started falling off chairs and tables and inviting theatregoers to take swigs out of their bottles.

"At first it was quite impressive, they seemed to be giving a good impersonation of tipsiness," one audience member told a German newspaper. "Then they started leaping around shouting 'nastrovia' (cheers in Russian) ... and then they handed round the drink." One of the actors could no longer stand up; another, literally, slipped up on his script.

"People started clapping, thinking it belonged to the performance," the theatre goer said.

Crew intervened when one actor fell off the stage and another fell off a table. The situation deteriorated and an ambulance was called.

In the ambulance Schulze, 36, allegedly became violent, forcing the medics to call for police backup. Schulze later had his stomach pumped at Frankfurt's university clinic.

Oliver Reese, the play's director, later said: "It was seen as a bit of an experiment, sort of along the lines of 'let's perform this wonderful text and have a bit of a drink at the same time' and it went a bit awry."


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