Theatre review: “Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz” brings Mennonites gone wild(ish) to the stage

Daria Puttaert, Tracy Penner and Tom Keenan. Photo Credit: Leif Normans

by Joff Schmidt, CBC Theatre Reviewer

Mennonites in lust! But not talking about it.

That’s the Coles notes take on Armin Wiebe’s first full-length play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, which sees a solid world premiere this week from Theatre Projects Manitoba.
It’s the 1930s, and Obrum Kehler (Tom Keenan) and his wife, Susch (Tracy Penner), live on their farm just outside the fictional Manitoba town of Gutenthal. Obrum inherits a battered piano, and enlists the help of Beethoven Blatz (Eric Nyland), an eccentric Russian immigrant, to repair it – and teach Susch to play it.  Read more