Playing Hitler’s tune or orchestrating rescues? You decide in “Taking Sides”

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Half a century later, the case still intrigues. As the horrors of Nazism spread and his colleagues fled, German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler determined to stay. Was his motive to do as much good as possible or was he secretly sympathizing with Hitler?
 
Watch the evidence unravel in “Taking Sides” at College of the Mainland Community Theatre, playing Sept. 12-29.

Based on a true story, the action unfolds in the American Zone of occupied Berlin in 1946. Two sides equally impassioned, equally certain, paint a different portrait of the maestro during his denazification tribunal. Both sides call in engaging, convincing witnesses who alternately deify and denounce him.
 
Peppered with humor and insight, the play asks whether Furtwangler strove to preserve the German cultural heritage of the masters—Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms—or bask in the spoils of Nazi victory.

 Friend or fiend? You decide at COM Theatre’s “Taking Sides.”
 
“The play is taut, passionate and deeply argued,” said director Rob de Los Reyes. “Covering one of the most morally wrenching moments in history, it asks, ‘What would you have done?’”

“Taking Sides” by British playwright Ronald Harwood was performed on Broadway and later adapted for the 2001 film of the same name.
 
The cast includes veterans of the COM stage Bill Krause, of Houston; Elyse Aviña, of Galveston; Mischa Hutchings, of Houston; Tom Carrington, of Seabrook; and Nelson Heggen, of Houston. Jack Ivy, of Sugar Land, makes his COM debut.

Special rates are available for senior adults and students. For ticket information, visit www.com.edu/theatre or call 409-933-8345.


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