“Woman power” sprinkles many allusions to poxdorf

As part of this year's patronage festival, the poxdorf theater group performed "women's power" brought to the stage, a tale in three acts by bernd gombold. The author is a long-time mayor of his home municipality of inzighofen in baden-wurttemberg.

He incorporates many suggestions from everyday life into his pieces. In keeping with the municipal election campaign in the spring of 2020, "women power" is the name of the game to show disputes in a small french village, which ticks similarly as poxdorf. The allusions are numerous and are honored by the audience with laughter and applause.

Under the careful overall direction of heidi meibner, the theater ensemble once again succeeded in thrilling and entertaining the audience. 280 chairs had been set up in the fully occupied school gymnasium; however, they were not enough, so that spectators also had to take their seats at the sides. The curtain rises; on the stage the interior of a rustic furnished guest room can be seen, with a small bar, tables and chairs, a tiled stove and red and white patterned curtains at the windows. A striking feature is a door that has obviously only recently been set into the right wall: the masonry around it is still unplastered. It is election time, and mayor heinz gscheidle (alfons singer) has found it useful to have direct access from his office to the guest room, which is also used as a council chambers and is run by the (allegedly) hard-headed and obtuse landlady paula (roswitha obermayr). He sees his re-election through an "emancipation list" danger, which has set itself the goal of breaking the man rule in the local council.

Also on stage were inge zwiener, heidi meibner, barbara rauh, monika singer, horst meibner, jurgen klein markus meibner, manuela kaul, felix zwiener and anna alig. The joy of all the actors was obvious, their portrayal of the different types was thoughtful and driving down to the last detail. The original costumes adapted to the situation, the interspersed allusions to poxdorf locales and people, the contrast between hearty french and stilted high german, the ironically presented role cliches that were actually considered outdated, the conflict between morality and self-interest thematized in passing, all this went down very well with the audience. The long-lasting applause at the end of the show and the smiles on the faces of the spectators testified that they had had a great time. 

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