Stench and Troubles of Stendhal’s “ivated Christmas,” which was staged at the beautiful Casino de Bon Voyage in Stellenange, Denmark on Dec. 23, 2021. A Production of Austria’s highest-grossing playwright, Peter Swan; with a screenplay by Michael Todd, the production featured a star studded cast headed by Jessica Chastain. With choreographer Carla Sciulli serves as the physical master of the dancers, the stage was set for an enchanting display of “loriousness” with high drama, which also incorporated music from several of the composers working in the classical realm. The spectacular staging, which included a huge audience in its entirety, along with pyrotechnic firework and spectacular dancing sets, resulted in a sold-out performance that was complimented by a reception which was equally large. Returning to the hotel shortly after the show ended, the cast and crew were mobbed by fans who had flown over to see the show and which, at times, proved so uncontrollable that some guests were actually moved to tears by the behavior of the rest of the crowd.
For more than two hours, a play by Michael Todd and drawn from the memories of his own childhood, Stendhal’s “ivated Christmas” was on display. Though not without its own sense of humor – nor, for that matter, a touch of disdain – the play was one of the most intense and moving shows I’ve ever witnessed. When Michael Todd, now deceased, wrote the script for the play, he chose to write in the third person – “I”; for the majority of the dialogue, instead of “you.”
Michael Todd had worked in the restaurant business for many years and, having recently retired, he decided to write a play based on his own life experiences: a man whose career had fallen apart and left him with nothing but the clothes on his back Stellenangebote. The title, Stendhal’s “ivated Christmas,” perhaps better sums up the play than any other word. Though we eventually learn that it is Stendhal’s father, Reinhold, the play is centered around his relationship with his son, Mathieu. It is during this time that Mathieu begins to realize that his father never really loved him. And though he longs for the approval of his father and tries to cling to his mother and brother, who still believe that their father loves him, there seems to be no joy in his heart.
Returning to the present day, and the idea of having a son one who doesn’t love him is something that worries Mathieu. So when his own daughter asks him to marry her off to a rich farmer’s son, Mathieu does everything in his power to prevent the marriage. At first, the attempt is successful: his daughter persuades her father that they should marry and that Mathieu is the right person for her. However, when Mathieu’s selfishness overcomes him and he backs out of the wedding, the prospect of having to marry a wealthy stranger appeals only to his daughter’s sense of loyalty.
Then, one summer evening arrives when all of the Stendhal household’s household items are found in the attic of the house. Though the entire family had been instructed to stay away from the attic while renovations were taking place, Reinhold goes ahead and opens the door. Inside, he finds the body of his dead mother, which had been accidentally burnt when the house was being destroyed by fire. The discovery of the body prompts Mathieu to finally admit his feelings to his son, whom he still has a crush on despite his parents’ deaths. In order to keep Reinhold from destroying his relationship with Mathieu, his father decides that the two of them should move into a home together.
There are many interesting subplots to this story, such as how Mathieu gets the job at the new home and whether or not Reinhold could have found a new life for himself had he not returned to Stendhal’s novels. Other interesting developments include Reinhold’s ill-fated love for another man, whom he calls “Chucky,” and the fact that Reinhold finally realizes that it is his duty as a father to care for his daughter. However, it also appears that Reinhold’s greatest concern in these pages is for Gaethel, whom he refers to as his “little sister.” His letters to her throughout the book make reference to his desire to protect her from her evil stepmother, although it is unclear whether these thoughts are based in reality or just his guilt and desire to avenge his deceased mother. It is also revealed that before leaving for Europe, Gaethel had arranged a marriage for Reinhold to a merchant of Leiningen, whom she had fallen in love with while she was studying in Germany.
The second novel in the series, Lake Mere, takes place in Lake Mere, which is situated on the opposite side of the river from Stensang, which is the place where Reinhold and Mathieu had spent so much time in previous books. In this book, Reinhold travels to Germany and lives there for the next eight years. Meanwhile, Mathieu returns to Lake Mere, and marries Countess Volkmar. It is here that we learn some of the history between the two families. It is possible that, as in Stensang, Lake Mere was chosen as a place to be buried because of its scenic landscape and proximity to a lake.
In summary, this sweeping romantic epic concerns the long-awaited return to a place where the author’s ancestors lived, and also covers some of the background information about Reinhold and Gaethel, the parents of the above named couple. The book ends with a rather shocking development: Mathieu discovers that his great-grandfather was in fact Stensenangebote. This book definitely captures the imagination, even during the last third of the book, when everything is revealed at last. I highly recommend this book to people looking for a long-anticipated conclusion in their favourite fantasy series. It is also a perfect complement to my favourite Englav of the series, who happens to live nearby!