The One and the Other

The One and the Other

Botho Strauß

Two queens without a kingdom, two abandoned women chained to each other, two haughty, grieving women who feel life slipping through their fingers. "Die eine und die andere" is a haunting play about failed and failing powers. Insa Breydenbach is landlady of a dilapidated boarding-house, awaiting her last regular customer, the last embrace, a last sign of life. Years ago, Elisabeth Kelch stole her husband from her, but has since been abandoned herself. Both women have a child by him. The children, Elaine and Timm, are witnesses of the relentless fight between their mothers, each of whom tries to overpower the other, before her own strength fails her.

The One and the Other

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