Ian’s 4* review:
I saw this get a 5* review in ThreeWeeks and was curious to see how such a complex story could be presented so quickly. Caterina Linck is a woman who chooses to live as a man in an unforgiving society, and who is ultimately executed for the crime of sodomy. This three-woman production is extremely intense and presented with great energy and passion. The audience gets a pencil sketch of Caterina’s life from the courtroom dialog at her trial interspersed with flashbacks to key scenes from her life. I found this both enjoyable and interesting, but it felt just slightly incomplete – like there was a lot more to explore. I’m not sure if this has been cut down to 1-hour format for the fringe and lost something in the process?
Ruth’s 4* review:
An extremely interesting play about the life of Caterina Linck who was born a woman and lived as a man in eighteenth century Prussia, and was tried and executed for various ‘crimes’ relating to this. A very passionate and intense performance all round. I think if anything the play would have benefited from being a bit longer as I would have liked to see more depth and I think the story had more to it so it could have stood that.