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My Sister

e&e hinkler · Ages 10+ · United States of America

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Review by REX MAYREIS

June 09, 2015

My overall impression

We attended the June 5 performance, intrigued by the subject and not knowing what to expect. My Sister is a powerful portrayal of a very human story within Nazi Germany at a time when the full extent of atrocities was not well understood, but ominous events were creating a grim world. Within the 4 walls of the Berlin apartment, the passion of these two young women who wanted to tell their personal stories through song and clever talk on a cabaret stage alternates with the realities of a country turning increasingly evil. There is so much going on in this play, with the backdrop of events in Germany counterbalanced by Matilde’s striving to be a creative person against overwhelming odds and Magda’s heroic efforts to keep them both alive. Emily and Elizabeth Hinkler do a magnificent job of depicting the warm humanity of sisters trying to survive against all odds, amidst the hopeless frustrations and fatigue of living during the hardest of times. I hope to see this play again!

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