András Visky, the author, relates the tragic path of a mysterious character, the Man Without A Name. In the background is the Holocaust. The Man Without A Name experienced concentration camps, but the emphasis is put more on his career disappointment, failed marriage and his failure to father a child. The chorus, completed by the Man Without A Name, forms the ten-person minyan necessary for the Jews to recite prayers. They act and sing simultaneously in Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Italian, French, English, Spanish and German, accompanied by the sad melody of an ancient Jewish funeral song from Northern Transylvania. If you ask Gábor Tompa to sum up Born for Never, he will say simply: "They are all waiting for the Messiah to kill him."
"We see a chorus which manages to perform very sharp changes in an admirable way, with a ramarkable intensity of feeling and with great concentration, with the psychological accuracy of a Beckett play. There is no continuous story; the actors have to pay particular attention to the inner significanes, to their own relationships to their changing roles (oscillating between their own existence as chorus members and the occasional necessity of becoming a character) and to the metamorphoses of the story.
(by Katalin Bartha Ágnes, Hid)
"A very strong production, a hallucinatory combination of images, music and text, a painful elegy for the Jewish identity and its fate in the 20th century."
(by Luiza Vasiliu, Suplimentul de cultură)
"The performance flows like a prayer - the same prity and grace can be felt despite the gloomy theme. Paradoxically the performance doesn't crush the audience or torture them. It is -despite the righteous anger -aesthetically beautiful. A sensation of beauty that comes from the admirable acting of the actors, from the music and from the images created, and connects us subtly to the deep- lying signifance of the story."
(by Liviu Ornea, Observator cultural)
[JUM]17th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed edition)