by A.R. Gurney Jr.
The story of a couple taken by their desires.
A couple in its thirties has completed ten years of marriage. In a late afternoon in the studio
of the husband, the wife enters and announces her pregnancy.
Versatility should be a talent of any actor .... This does not lack in the two actors Annika Strøhm and Saba Salvemini... ... a very simple staging that leaves space for the verve of the actors. And Salvemini and Strøhm do have plenty of this for sale, extremely effective as a lucifer couple...
Nicola Viesti Hystrio Lugl-Sett 2010
The two actors, that moves freely in this small space that is truly a living room, is a couple in real life. We will not say (and near to the spectator) that here lies the secret to such a good result, but surely their way of teasing each other has something sublime about it. Saba Salvemini is a sort of a nice ogre and Annika Strøhm a princess in the same tale. The direction of the way of working is a completely scenic truth and more than anything freedom of the body, simply an amusing game and more than anything amused. Their faces, their limbs, even their nails, are alive. There is no hurry, the rhythm is steady, coherent with the rising of certain small jealousies and wickedness that makes the life in a couple one of the more thrilling games. Finally a simple, educated work, perfectly performed and full of that fundamental complexity: the one of the game.
Sergio Lo Gatto KLP-Krapp's Last Post Ottobre 2010
An intelligent choice of acting from the two actors Annika Strøhm and Saba Salvemini, also directors and translators of this work...The accurate acting aims at a considerable finishing of the interpersonal dynamics of the two personages... With great satisfaction the Theatre Teatro Civico 14 was full at both the shows of this elegant performance.
Edgardo Bellini http://www.teatro.org Gennaio 2010
...absolutely cheerful, playful and inviting in this game of couple continuously invented again and again....everything becomes complicated in an absurd and dizzy way, a fresh succession of games for two.... with a surprising final! Valeria Ottolenghi – La Gazzetta di Parma
The Problem: a comedy of sparkling wit, involving, about the psychosis of the couple and the mental perversions told with elegance and which, sometimes, borders the nonsense...
Angelica D'Apote http://www.teatro.org Gennaio 2011
by A.R. Gurney Jr.
translated, directed and interpreted by Annika Strøhm and Saba Salvemini
"The problem" – National première in Italy
A.R. Gurney Jr. born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. Writer of romances and play writer. He has worked as teacher for many years at M.I.T Massachusetts. He has won a great number of prices and is member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and of American Academy of Arts and Letters.