Kafka has been adapted on stage, screen, video, gamer games, and in the comics. These adaptations encircle the globe. So why not devote a whole house to an absurdest interpretation of his work? And do it in Prague. And do it is Czech. And wear wigs in the process. And have the garden covered in plastic. But I must quibble when Kafka's own comedic abilities are chided. His actual readings left his audience in gales of laughter. Well - parts of them.
Too Quiet a Nose opens with wig-wearing individuals peering out in silence over a plastic-covered courtyard, and the leads start singing amid a general bewilderment about the meaning of it all.
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The trials and tribulations of visiting Kafka's empty castle
Joyful performance in empty house draws big laughs, many questions
By André Crous
Franz Kafka isn't known for his straight-up comedy, but a very joyful bunch of actors is using the work of the writer of darkness to draw big laughs from the visitors they guide through an empty house on Nekázanka street, and will do so again for the last time Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 and 9 p.m.
Příliš tichý nos (Too Quiet a Nose) is the name of this site-specific performance under the auspices of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, or PQ, in which two musicians accompany four actors through the ups and downs of a truly bizarre routine staged around three main settings.
In the outer courtyard, where the garden is covered in plastic, spectators are welcomed by the two wig-wearing leads, before being led inside, through mattress-covered hallways, to an area where dough is prepared - on a table, and even on a dancing woman upon whom the flour-and-water mix finds its ideal consistency. Many other strange things occur in these small rooms, often barely large enough to fit the more than 50 paying customers.