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In Hamburg Currents, Winter 2018 The London thespians, per- forming for the first time at the English Theatre of Ham- burg, are delighted to be here and they perform mar- velously. In Dorian Gray, four actors execute twenty-one characters. Edmund Sage- Green plays seven charac- ters, Timothy George five, Emily Byrt eight, and all three concur that playing multi-character roles, each with distinctive character traits, is challenging. From left Timothy George, Edmund Sage-Green, Andrew Horton and Emily Byrt Andrew Horton (Dorian) left, Timothy George (Lord Henry) right Naturally, there can be only one Dorian Gray. Edmund’s characters all have different props –eyeglasses, various hats, etcetera, and twice he has only seconds to switch, which warrants a changing area just offstage. Tim points out how characters’ personality distinctions include voice inflections, behavioral habits, and posture. It is vital that each character retains his/her unique identity. Emily’s trick for switching from one character to another quickly was creating a “key”—a phrase or line: She pauses, says the line to open that character’s personality, and then proceeds on- stage. Andrew Horton was challenged being onstage in all but one scene as Gray. His film and television background is quite different, working in “takes”, i.e. short phases that editors then cut together. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY premiered February 15 and runs until April 14, 2018. The next production is I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, a musical by Joe DiPi- etro and Jimmy Roberts. Pre- miering on April 26, 2018, it runs through June 23, 2018. Evening and matinee perfor- mances; tickets available at the the- atre or online: ww.englishtheatre. de. The English Theatre of Ham- burg, Lerchenfeld 14, 22081 Ham- burg, Tel: 040-227 70 89: U-Bahn Mundsburg. Edmund Sage-Green (James Vane) left, Emily Byrt (Sybil Vane) right At the heart of the play is the fundamental moral duplicity of mankind, as old as Adam and as illusive as Eve, befud- dling ensuing mortals ad infinitum. Perhaps more signifi- cantly, Dorian Gray’s relevancy better suits the 21st century temperament. ‘Sin is a thing which writes itself across a man’s face. It cannot be concealed.’ www.awchamburg.org 23