Franz Kafka’s Love Life… a bio-pic” drama about the inner-life, family struggle, and libido of one of the most famous 20th Century writers. Often laugh-out-loud funny and periodically flashing into an Expressionism that exposes the hallucinations that fed his creativity, the play fleshes out the reality of the man living as a Jew in anti-Semitic Prague in the years before and after World War One. Not unlike “Portnoy” of the later 20th century, it explores his obsessive desires for and repulsion by women. With the snapshot-scene qualities of Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and like Neil Simon’s “Jake’s Women” but with a literary spin that shows us the roots of the creative mind of the artist as well as his libido.
*Merriam Webster defines “Kafkaesque” as “having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality.”
**Best known for the line, "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."
*** “He was a prophet of the 21st century: in The Trial a man is brought to trial and condemned for an unspecified crime, in The Penal Colony, the theme is technological advances in torture machines, and in The Metamorphosis, a metaphor for the end of humanity’s existence, being swept away like vermin.
Franz Kafka’s Love Life … Short scenes with live actors — by Mae Ziglin Meidav
| Directed by John McMullen