The girl from the suburbs


November 30, 2021

The girl from the suburbs or honestly lasts longest is a farce with singing in 3 acts by Johann Nestroy. The premiere took place on November 24, 1841 in the Theater an der Wien as a benefit performance for the actor Franz Gämmerler.


Herr von Gigl no longer wants to marry Frau von Erbsenstein, whom he once adored, because he has fallen in love with Thecla, and asks Schnoferl for help. But he also wants to clear up a theft that allegedly robbed Kauz of his entire fortune. His manager, Mr. Stimmer, was suspected and has since disappeared without a trace, but Schnoferl believes in Stimmer's innocence. When he speaks of a certain Herr Käfer who seems to know more, Kauz immediately distracts him, embarrassed: “Is a bad person, this beetle, shouldn't get involved in anything, don't even investigate!” (Act I, 7.teScene) Just as Gigl is complaining that Thecla has moved to an unknown address, an embroiderer comes along, it is calculated Thecla. Gigl implores her to give him her address, but she escapes. Gigl confesses his love for Thecla to Frau von Erbsenstein and collapses from excitement. Since the guests invited to the engagement are arriving right now, Frau von Erbsenstein quickly faints to avoid the shame. Schnoferl: “Freylich! Freylich! Just lay them down, they're already there! ”(Act I, 20th scene) Schnoferl asks Madame Storch's seamstresses, who are not inexperienced in love affairs, to give Gigl other ideas. Madame Storch complains that she is being followed by an elderly man - it is owl! Schnoferl casually mentions that Mr. Käfer has just arrived and that he would like to see him tomorrow morning. The withdrawn new neighbor also comes and Gigl recognizes his Thecla. Suddenly Frau von Erbsenstein steps in and reveals that Thecla is the daughter of the thief who has gone through, Stimmer, who allegedly stole from Kauz. Thecla collapses. Schnoferl: "Voiced, make a sound from yourself!" (Act II, 20th scene) Kauz, who has invited all the sewing girls to his country house, comes directly from that Mr. Käfer, from whom he bought a letter and forced him to leave immediately . You play blind man's cow, the girls hide Kauz's skirt and his wallet falls out. This wallet goes to Schnoferl via Sabine, Rosalie, Peppi and Gigl. In it he discovers the letter that proves Stimmer's innocence because Kauz had "robbed" himself with the help of Käfer ("Look, Herr von Kauz!"). In order to spare Frau von Erbsenstein, however, Schnoferl cheats that Kauz had only misplaced the money back then and just found it again. For this he forces Kauz to give him ample compensation for Thecla and her father. Ms. von Erbsenstein, however, extends her hand in thanks to Schnoferl, as he had always dreamed of: "I have what I believe is more pleasant wages by the hand - the hand itself, if you want it!" (III. Act, 20th scene)

Factory history

Nestroy's model was the Comèdie-Vaudeville La Jolie Fille du Faubourg (The beautiful girl from the suburbs) by Charles Varin and Paul de Kock (based on the author's novel of the same name), which premiered on July 13, 1840 at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris . Although Nestroy was seriously ill in the fall of 1841 and was only allowed to leave the apartment in October, he worked diligently on the new piece. The plot is similar to the vaudeville sequence, but Nestroy has adapted it to the down-to-earth form of the Viennese posse. The poet himself ironized the game, which was continued over and over again by unbelievable coincidences, when he let Schnoferl say: "Ah, I'll tell you, chance must be an open coachman - how he brings people together, it's strong!" (Act II, 15th scene) Johann Nestroy played him

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