Jovana Tomić: Lessing wrote a political piece which, because of the questions it raises, could easily have been written today. Originally, it is a didactic play where Lessing speaks in favour of peace and tolerance while approaching the topic of religious intolerance, migrations and wars from various angles. With the current political situation being what it is; it is no wonder this play remains popular to this day and why it is often performed all around Europe. In addition, what attracted me to this play is the poetical language, its juicy characters and the humour – because my own perception of the world we live in is close to the absurd so that in the tragic (socio-political) circumstances, humour and cynicism go hand in hand. The text has been radically adapted thus suppressing the didactics in favour of asking what being “wise” means at all in today’s world, or what happens when the foundations of our identity – social role, political position, religion or family – betray us or, indeed, when we betray them.
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