Childlike and knowing. Virginal and lustful. Gentle and dangerous. Lulu is all things to all men--an object of desire, as vulnerable as she is alluring. Created by the German Expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind, Lulu has found volatile new life in the Thalia Theater production directed by Michael Thalheimer (Next Wave audiences will recall his dazzling Emilia Galotti from 2005).
Portrayed with remarkable abandon by the German actress Fritzi Haberlandt, this is a Lulu trapped by her own ambivalence. Propelled by her appetites and both empowered and horrified by her lethal effect on men, she is a heroine for the ages -- unwilling to be a victim, yet helpless to stop the carnage in her wake.