Dynamic tensions and accelerating tempos!
The Crazy Locomotive is one of the playwright Witkiewicz’s masterpieces, demonstrating his ability to represent theatrical images and develop multiple associations to achieve the fullest effect.
The Crazy Locomotive, written in 1923 by the Polish playwright Stanisław Witkiewicz is full of intense actions. Two criminals disguising themselves as a railroad engineer and a fireman seize the control of a locomotive and speed it up to make it crash into another train for the purpose of delivering “God’s judgment,” a catharsis on a cosmic scale and of unraveling the mystery of existence. Their goal, however, is interrupted by the appearances of a wife, lover, crew members and passengers, entering a chaotic state. The psychological state of the two criminals is revealed in a powerful way by the accompaniment of the two pianos and their tense music and rhythm.