Tonight, Young Goethe in Love Romps Romantically into Gusman
It all adds up to anguished love, as his friend Jerusalem also suffers a failed love affair with a married woman. Goethe transforms their travails into a grand masterpiece, the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.
At first glace, Young Goethe in Love seems like Germany's version of Shakespeare in Love. The parallels of the two poets and their literary works of genius are certainly there. But where Shakespeare in Love was drawn from a largely fictitious take on how the Bard came to write Romeo & Juliet, Young Goethe portrays mostly real events in the German poet's early life that inspired him to write his breakthrough novel.
Young Goethe delivers a satisfying story worthy of other great romantic romps, and Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds) puts on a magnetic and charming performance as Goethe.
In German with English subtitles. March 10 at 7 p.m., Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.