Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943

solo performance · duse studio productions · Ages 12+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show
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June 12, 2017
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What I liked

This play is superbly adapted from the French best seller Dialogue avec l’Ange (Talking with Angels) by the actress who performs it, Shelley Mitchell. It is the story of Gitta Mallasz, a Hungarian graphic artist who during the Natzi occupation along with her spiritual seeking friends receives a series of astonishing teachings from Beings they call angels. Gitta Mallasz, the transcriber of the messages, is a woman of extraordinary courage and intelligence who rescued over 100 Jewish women and children. Shelley Mitchell is a tour de force marvel as she seamlessly transitions back and forth between Gitta Mallasz (the narrator) and the Beings who channel through Gitta’s friend Hannah.

What I didn't like

I will leave this blank as there was truly nothing I would change.

My overall impression

This is an important play given the backdrop of our own political landscape. The intersection of the divine and human and the profoundness of the messages speak to both the power of the light and the collective darkness and the consequences of what we choose to embody and extend. In a city where every other person claims to have the archangels on speed-dial, this play offers us something genuinely transfiguring — the opportunity to bear witness to the immense bravery of a group of friends, who in the horrors of the Holocaust chose and embodied the Light in the service of others.

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