Review of the Last Waltz Season, Arcola Theatre, Hackney, London
As the play Musik opens, the respectable veneer of the bourgeois setting is immediately undermined. There may be a piano in the corner, a bust of Mozart and fur-trimmed coats on display but the worms are already wriggling right out of the can.
Klara, an 18 year old music student from Switzerland is about to flee Germany to avoid imprisonment. Following an affair with Josef Reissner - the married music tutor in whose home she has been lodging - she had become pregnant, sought an abortion and is now implicated in the trial of the abortionist.