Set in the austere world of fin-de-siecle Austria, Liebelei epitomises one girl's struggle to conquer the class structure which so dogged the young people of the day. Quite ridiculously besotted with smooth lover Fritz, Christina gets quite upset when she discovers that he's having it away with a married woman. And so does her husband, unsurprisingly, who organises a duel and shoots him. Dead. Also featuring Theodor, almost as risible as Fritz, and Mitzi, much more able than Christina to cope with the fact that she can't keep such a classy man. Christina's dad and Katerina fight it out for the prize of most pathetically stereotyped character in this most stereotyped of all insubstantial dramas. Nothing happens. And that's pretty much a blessing: it's so short that you're not quite suicidal yourself by the time it finishes, unlike Christina. We haven't read Reigen, but we're going to watch it soon. It's the basis for The Blue Room, you know, the thing with Nicole Kidman and not many clothes, so probably has to be slightly more interesting than Liebelei, rendered even more dull by the contrast with the more exciting play which it immediately follows.