The monologue Who killed my father , about a young man trying to cope with his youth, was premiered on June 1. The play by Hans Kesting and the direction by Ivo van Hove receive critical acclaim.
De Volkskrant - four stars
"Under the austere direction of Ivo van Hove, Kesting walks through the room tormented and remembers aloud his aggressive, unreachable father. He is often the adult child, full of questions about an absent parent."
"Sometimes he plays his father, then he bends over with difficulty, forming a big belly with his hands in his sweater. When the father smokes a cigarette, with dedication, about wheezing lungs, Kesting coughs and gurgles towards the rear."
Who killed my father is a merciless and moving portrait of an underprivileged man, in an environment where poverty and alcoholism are passed on from father to son. There are scarce moments of fun, and surprising expressions of pride when the father tells an agent that his son will be doing 'high studies'. But usually the inability to dominate: anger at a failed life, embarrassment at a son who is 'different'.
You can read the full review in de Volkskrant here.
De Telegraaf - four stars
"Ivo van Hove adapted the story about a young man who tries to come to terms with his youth, his father, masculinity and a government that helps destroy men like his father."
"No small cost and for a moment the text even almost turns into a socialist manifesto, but intensely and beautifully played by Kesting who effortlessly switches from a sick old man to a boy yearning for the attention of his father."
NRC - four stars
"In Kesting's play, this dichotomy is strongly contrasted: he brings the private memories in a controlled and factual way, almost as if they were objective determinations. That emotional distance creates an expanding void."
"The second part, with the deconstruction of the political system, is brought with an overwhelming emotion. At last you feel the sorrow that was already in the air before, but did not take shape."
"Kesting plays his character accurately, vulnerable and tormented. Another striking feature is the physical transformation when he plays the father - bent back, sagging stomach and gulping in dense cigarette smoke. Just before he danced expectantly like a young child on Barbie Girl from Aqua."
You can read the full review in NRC here.