'Alisa, Alice' is a humanely cruel and deeply moving drama, full of
passion and desire. The clash of two cultures two worlds is
described with psychological accuracy and depth. Alisa, a young
Muslim refugee scarred by the Balkan war finds shelter with Magda,
a representative of the common so-called civilised but
self-destructive and self-loving western world. Magda, through the
sadism arising from her despair and loss of purpose, her
psychological confusion, causes the suicide of Alisa. Their
relationship permeated as much with love as with hatred, is
decanted through the dictatorship of language into a miraculous,
irrational and mysterious atmosphere. In places, the style of the
play is reminiscent of Pinters comedy of menace. The realistically
based dramatic events are firmly grounded in a recognisable and
actual contemporaneity. Poetic ambiguity facilitates universal
interpretation, and here and there extends to the magical and
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