By Elfriede Jelinek, Penny Black
First produced in 1998 on the well-known Vienna Burgtheater, the notable and provocative activities Play by means of Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek is a postdramatic theatrical exploration of the making, advertising and marketing and sale of the human physique and of feelings in recreation. It explores modern society's obsession with health and physique tradition bringing into sharp concentration our have to belong to a gaggle, a crew or a country. activity is obvious as a kind of warfare in peacetime
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