Geld, heimliche Liebe
A Farce with songs in 3 Acts
Scene: A large provincial town.
Not to be recommended. A ludicrously
complicated plot that is almost impossible to follow at times.
Some sections are interesting: for example,
the letter-writer Dickkopf is promised a reward if he can help Frau
von Lärminger win Casimir (the Nestroy role) as husband. Casimir
is in love with the illiterate Leni and she with him. Leni dictates
letter to Dickkopf. When Dickkopf hears the name of the addressee he
spills the inkpot over the letter, apparently accidentally, and assures
Leni that he will write out the letter again and send it off. Naturally
the content of the letter is very different this time, designed to
nip the relationship in the bud and free Casimir for Frau von Lärminger.
Soon after, Leni brings Dickkopf a letter she has received from Casimir
and asks him to read it to her. Dickkopf reads Casimir's love declaration
in silence, then tears up the letter and tells Leni her beloved has
written that he is dumping her for a rich widow.
The Plays of Johann Nestroy. A directory of synopses prepared by Julian Forsyth & Zoe Svenson.
Funded by the Austrian Cultural Forum and Arts Council England. © Moving Theatre 2004