A comedy in two acts by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, staged by the Theater Basel acting ensemble after the 1962 Zurich premiere.
Dürrenmatt classics in their own direction - the Basel company stages itself
Murder case in the mental hospital! Already the second nurse has been murdered. The perpetrator, one of three physicists, claims to be Einstein. Another one thinks he is Newton. To the third, Möbius, King Solomon appears. It quickly becomes clear that they are all playing at something here. Möbius has discovered the world formula. He pretends to be crazy in order to keep his discovery, with which mankind could destroy itself, a secret. The other two are secret agents for East and West on a mission to get him on their side. But the genius Möbius, caught in a moral dilemma, chooses isolation. One decides for all - and becomes the pawn of the power interests of a mad doctor who has long been pulling the strings in the background.
"What concerns everyone can only be solved by everyone," wrote Dürrenmatt. The Basel company takes up this credo, does without a director and reconstructs the premiere of 1962 - the set in black and white, as in the pictures of that time, including the red curtain and the dusty image of women.
A cheeky comedy, entirely in the spirit of Dürrenmatt and on his 100th birthday, which demonstrates with playful power how the world and its order come apart at the seams.
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