by Robert Shaw
|Off The Wall Theatre presented
one of the most important shows in it's 13 year history. The Man
In The Glass Booth by actor and playwright Robert Shaw
is an historical thriller of gigantic moral and ethical questions.
The play is at once, witty and horrifying, historical and fanciful, thrilling
and educational. Few plays attempt to tackle the questions of prejudice,
guilt, responsibility, global awareness, ethnic identity, religious fraud,
government cover-ups, and personal revenge, but The Man In The Glass
Booth creatively and intelligently charges into these sensitive
and volatile subjects.
Arthur Goldman is an enormously wealthy Jewish Businessman living in New York in 1964. He is extremely eccentric and often haunted by both memories of his dead wife and his experiences during the war in German concentration camps. His doctor and secretary are forced to deal with his wildly diverse moods and sudden outbursts of anguish. But Goldman is also extremely intelligent and is planning something quite audacious. His secret involves mysterious trips, firearms, and chocolate.
And then, late one December evening, Mr. Goldman's fanciful world is blown apart when israeli commandos break into his penthouse apartment to kidnap him, claiming that he is not really Arthur Goldman, but escaped Nazi war criminal Arthur Karl Dorff. He will be taken to Israel and put on trial for the sadistic murder of thousands of Jews. What follows is a stunning evening of theatre involving plot twists and shocking surprises. The play may cause controversy, and it may start arguments. It is certain to raise serious questions about our moral responsibilities. And it is great theatre.
this most unusual and important play and appearing in it as Arthur Goldman
was Off The Wall Theatre Artistic Director Dale
Gutzman. Gutzman who appeared in2012 as Prospero in The
Tempest, declares Arthur Goldman to be the most demanding and difficult
role he has ever essayed. Onstage throughout the play, he talks almost
non-stop for the shows two hours. The pay also involves tremendous
physical demands. Well known Milwaukee Actor Robert Hirschi played
Charlie Cohen, Goldman's loyal secretary, who knows nothing of the man's
personal secrets. Lawrence
Lukasavage played Dr. Kissel, the patient and sensitive medical
man who tends to the hysterical and histrionic patient. Donna
Lobacz played Rosy Rosen, the powerful Israeli Agent who has
dedicated her life to capturing the sadistic monster, Arthur Karl Dorf.
The talented cast also included, James Feeley as Rudin, Goldman's
Thomas Welcenbach and Paul Pfannenstiel as two Jewish
Sandy Lewis and Barbara Weber as concentration
Mark Ninneman as the presiding judge, and in a
stunning special appearance, Carole Herbstreet-Kalinyen as a surprise
special witness who turns the entire play on it's head.