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The Semi-Circle Spring Production 2019 Don't Drink the Water

  • 13 Jun 2019
  • 22 Jun 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 13 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • 14 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • 15 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • 20 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • 21 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • 22 Jun 2019, 18:30 22:00
  • Theater Tabourettli, Spalenberg 12, 4051 Basel


Don’t Drink the Water

By Woody Allen

Director: Luca Manganelli


The play takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist – a caterer by trade – and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the secret police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

Don’t Drink the Water is Woody Allen’s first play. It was written in 1966, opened on Broadway the same year and ran for two years. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1969, starring Jackie Gleason. In 1994 Allen himself directed and played the lead in a TV version - also titled Don't Drink the Water - featuring Michael J. Fox.

"Moved the audience to great laughter [...] Allen's imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop." - New York Daily News

"It is filled with [...] bright and hilarious dialogue." - New York Post

Don’t drink the Water is a bright, light-hearted comedy.” – New York Times


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