Voss, a patient at a mental hospital, travels to his family home inhabited by his sisters, who are allowed to play at being actresses because they are shareholders in a theatre. His visit exposes a family hell, a pathetic inability to make contact. Like prisoners in a cell, the protagonists pace about the room hung with portraits, and the impression of being in a cage is increased by the pole tied with steel wire at the front of the stage.
There are recurring motifs often found in Bernhard’s prose and dramas—madness, a ruthless, deranged striving for a goal, stopping at nothing to contend with the world, creative incapacity, and, ultimately, spiritual infirmity.
Bernhard and Lupa leave no illusions—none of their protagonists have any chance for happiness. “Siblings” is a compelling, terrifying dramaturgical construct. The mood of helplessness emerges more and more painfully from the frame of the stage, crossing the red line, touching and involving each one of us. The actors—Agnieszka Mandat, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Piotr Skiba—show the utmost mastery.
Renata Sas, Express “Ilustrowany-Łódź”
The space of everyday life contrasts with the tragedy of unrequited dreams. There is tension and violence behind the superficial malaise. The cast has a major hand in this. Piotr Skiba (a philosopher who dreams of writing his treatise on logic, in whose life one sees facets of Wittgenstein’s biography), Agnieszka Mandat (Dene—his elder sister who mothers him), and Małgorzata Hajewska (the distanced Ritter) are terrifying in their performances. It is as if, by incarnating themselves in their roles, they have become protagonists in a real tragedy. A remarkable play, in which the emotion is communicated by words spoken just so.
Katarzyna Rakowska “Gazeta Wyborcza”