Felix – the Lucky One – son of a bankrupt manufacturer of sparkling wine, is a master in the art of showing people exactly what they want to see in him. His special kind of luck is being able to be anything in a world of forgeries, a world that no longer knows any truth. So he is what he seems to be, authentic in deceit, an expert of creative self-marketing. The director and author Alexander Eisenach will write a play about the confidence trickster as the epitome of modern mankind, constantly self-producing (premiere in December). As a prelude, he will look at the supreme example from literary history: "Felix Krull" – Thomas Mann’s captivating parody of the artistry of brilliant appearances which, in the end, produce the very thing that they are not: life itself – a veritable con.
"Ein ideenreiches, kalauersattes Assoziatonsgewitter."
"Jonathan Kempf, Neuzugang im Berliner Ensemble, beweist hier schon mal sein Talent für rotzige Komik."
"Alexander Eisenach inszeniert 'Felix Krull' am Berliner Ensemble als genialen Influencer."
"Hier wird performt, gespielt, gefaket, was das Zeug hält. Marc Oliver Schulze eröffnet den Reigen mit einer virtuosen Geigennummer."
"The excellent ensemble manage to make the slapstick charming instead of cringy, landing every laugh they are going for, making it easy enough to deceive yourself into having a good time."