May 21, 2024

Issue Eight: Here There Are Blueberries

Documentary theater is a staple of the Tectonic Theater Project, an offering synonymous with the company’s name. Like a Wes Anderson movie, if you go in expecting something different, you may leave annoyed or disappointed. Here There Are Blueberries, the Pulitzer Prize finalist now running in a co-production at New York Theatre Workshop, is no exception.
Spending 90 minutes at Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich’s Here There Are Blueberries watching images of Nazis enjoying daily life at Auschwitz made my gut wrench. Female Nazi helpers ate blueberries, Nazi officers relaxed in lounge chairs or decorated a Christmas tree—all this set against the horrific reality of over a million people being killed just outside the frame.
Tectonic Theater Project’s Here There Are Blueberries (now playing at New York Theatre Workshop) is a dramaturgical feat, in nearly every sense of the word.

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