Blonde lady seeks wealthy gentleman for adventure – hogwash! Evelyne Hill, daughter of a rich American businessman – hogwash! – loves – hogwash – Tonio Hendricks, owner of a screw factory – hogwash! And there’s more: Erna Schmidt, model, hooks up with Artur Henschke, chauffeur – hogwash! All hogwash!
The title of the farce says it all: »Pure Hogwash«, written in 1931 by Mischa Spoliansky and Marcellus Schiffer as their third piece of music theatre for Berlin’s Theatre am Kurfürstendamm, set out to lampoon the contemporary scene. The story of a society in which everyone pretends to be someone else, and where facts and feelings are capricious, slyly holds a mirror to 1930s Berlin. Buffeted by political upheaval and still reeling from the wild 1920s, many felt their lives to be like a rollercoaster ride. Schiffer’s acerbic texts couched in Spoliansky’s brilliant melodies gave birth to evergreens such as »Mit dir möchte ich mal auf der Avus Tango tanzen« or »Auf der Gesellschaft« that still have the power to captivate. Even without these hits, the farce has lost nothing of its contemporary relevance. The action supposedly takes place »yesterday, today and tomorrow«, so that modern audiences are still able to identify with the main couple, Evelyne and Tonio, who meet through a lonely hearts’ advert, and never really get to know one another’s real identity. A portrayal of a fake small-talk society of 1932 and 2017, where no one reveals their true face.