The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, December 6, 1989
BY JAY PEKALA
The Brecht Company's production of The
Breadshop is characteristic Brecht from start
to finish: from the stark white light and the
expressionistic pale faces with sunken
cheeks and darkened eyes, to the scene titles
painted on gliding banners. The scenery is
minimal. A flat depicts the breadshop; an-
other creates a newsstand. Two raised win-
dows flank either side of the stage, and some
crates and trash cans balance the bare stage
picture. The Residential College Auditorium
is an intimate venue for this recently trans-
lated "lost play."
The play itself is by no means one of
Brecht's more accomplished works, right-
fully so since it was left as a fragment that
was then reconstructed by members of the
Berliner Ensemble in 1967. The script draws
some interesting characters and presents a
tale that wants to involve the audience emo-
tionally, but in Brechtian fashion, it never
allows one that sympathetic release. The
main figure is a meek, young widow named
Niobe Queck (pronounced "kvek" and played
by Ann Shanahan) who suffers the slings
and arrows of outrageous fortune. She is
evicted from her apartment, dispossessed of
her furniture, forced into prostitution to feed
her family, then separated from her children,
and "redeemed" in death.
The reason for her avalanche of misfor-
tunes, if one goes to the root of the inci-
dents, is her obedience. Working for a ruth-
less, greedy bread baker (a shifty Martin
Sweeney), she follows his orders to purchase
firewood and then supports him, after he de-
cides he cannot afford the wood, in telling
the wood dealer that he did not order it. Since
her name is on the order, she is left with the
wood and no way to pay for it. Thus begins
her pitiful downfall.
Surrounding the action is a chorus of im-
poverished indigents, looking like the chorus
of Les Miserables in brighter lighting and
having a more pedantic political agenda.
After beginning the show by confronting the
audience, who they claim "have just come
back from eating," and all but blaming them
for the plight of the poor, starving class, the
group functions like a Greek chorus. They
break into scenes to comment to the charac-
ters or to point out something for the audi-
ence. Basically, as Brecht would have it,
they spoon feck their opinion to the audi-
ence. Like other Brecht, this is fine, but
there is never a proposed solution, only the
exposure of the disease, which is not made
In The Breadshop, the source of the
problem cannot be satisfactorily located. Ev-
eryone is at fault. The conniving breadbaker,
Mr. Meininger, is wrong, Mrs. Queck has
lied, the real estate agent is capitalistic, the
newspaper boy who tries to help Queck is
naive, and the Salvation Army Lieutenant is
an idealist for believing that religious conso-
lation is more important than food. There are
too many legs on this table to allow it to
stand up straight.
In contrast to Brecht's jumbled play, the
entire cast of The Breadshop, under transla-
tor/director Martin W. Walsh, enlivens the
various episodes with focused energy. Ann
See BREADSHOP, p. 9
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