This Old Thing Called Love
Love that has stood the test of time will never die. But time has left its mark on Lore and Harry. Never before have scenes from a marriage been described more hilariously.
They can't quite believe it, but Lore and Harry have been married for forty years. Lore, a librarian, is passionate about her work and terrified by the prospect of retirement. She is fervently committed to supporting the authors she so venerates. The thought of sitting idly in the garden with Harry for the rest of her days fills her with dread. Her husband originally wanted to be an architect, but wound up being employed by the building authority until he was suddenly pensioned off. He is perfectly content to linger over the paper and down the occasional beer; although, of course, with his abiding 60s idealism, he still takes an interest in politics. So it comes as a shock to both of them when Gloria, their daughter, tells them she is getting married for the third time, on this occasion to an immensely rich industrial magnate. The one thing her progressive parents agree on is that Gloria's entire life has been a succession of disastrous mistakes. However, they have very different opinions on whether they should attend the wedding at all, and if so, what should they wear and what should they take as a gift? And anyway: how is it things have been allowed to get so out of hand?
With dazzling dialogue and scenarios loaded with self-deprecating irony, Elke Heidenreich and Bernd Schroeder describe scenes from a marriage, and in doing so hold up a mirror to an entire generation.