Latibær is the winter project of the Sólheimar Theater Company and rehearsals began in October under the direction of Edda Björgvinsdóttir. This method was chosen to have more than one actor wrestling with each role. The guiding principle was that everyone would get their dream role. The cast is diverse and about 40 actors take part in the show. Almost all the members of the theater company ha...
When the undersigned read in all the Icelandic newspapers that Magnús Scheving had suggested the Icelanders to donate the amount of money of a daily pack of cigarettes, so that the family could be invited to a play – discussed here – he was about to start a smoke. This is how direct propaganda provokes the opposite reaction in the person for whom it is intended. It was therefore more fear than anticipation that took place in the theater on Saturday.
It was therefore surprising that despite Magnús Scheving’s strong motivation for good manners, as boring as they can be, the show ran very smoothly. The show is so damn funny. Despite the fact that it starts slowly, the lyrics are short and funny and the golden boy Baltasar Kormákur seems extremely good at bringing out the best in every actor. And what was even more surprising is that the propaganda is not as hard as one might initially think, but the message is hidden in the classic saying that everything does well in moderation. Everyone should be able to agree on that.
Although the characters are standard, they all have clear characteristics and the actors are chosen with that in mind. Everyone did well, although some fitted better than others. Magnús Ólafsson was a very likable mayor and Ingrid Jónsdóttir a powerful bully. Steinn Armann Magnússon’s favorite was eating candy, although he had to make sure that his facial expressions and pronunciation did not change too much between scenes. The funniest was Ólafur Guðmundsson as Nenni. Though his way in acting benefited the play, the acting was shallow so up close.
Magnús Scheving fits the profile well, although he seems to have borrowed his singing voice. He is an actor by the grace of God and it exudes from him in the role of the sports elf, which is actually not that far from the image Magnús has created for himself in the media.
The setting of the play is made with depth, the costumes are colorful and the set is brilliantly put together. Both with the addition of ingenious sounds, a cartoon-like look was created, such as an environment with clearly drawn characters. While you might feel that some things could have been better, such as some characters in the group scene were in the shadow, plain lyrics, and some impure sung, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the show is a lot of fun. An eventful story and catchy melodies ensure that no one gets bored.
This show is another feather in Baltasar Kormák’s hat and shows that Magnús Scheving can do it all.
Author of the book Magnús Scheving
Authors of the play: Baltasar Kormákur and Magnús Scheving
Lyricist: Davíð Þór Jónsson
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Music: Máni Svavarsson
Costumes: María Ólafsdóttir
Cast: Justin Wallace
Description: Helgi Jóhannesson
Make-up: Kristín Thors
Sound: Máni Svavarsson, Ivar Ragnarsson and Sveinn Ómar Grétarsson
Actors: Ari Matthíasson, Guðmundur Andrés Erlingsson, Ingrid Jónsdóttir, Jón St. Kristjánsson, Magnús Ólafsson, Magnús Scheving, Ólafur Guðmundsson, Pálina Jónsdóttir, Selma Björnsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir, Steinn Ármann Magnússon and Þórhallur Ágústsson