Matthias Langhoff Matthias Langhoff

[Theatre]

All may be fair in love and war, but Heiner Müller’s adaptation of Laclos’ 1782 literary shocker, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, might still leave you yearning for a truce. Under Langhoff’s direction, the Machiavellian lovers Valmont and Madame de Merteuil take relations between the sexes to scheming extremes. Illusions are shattered; ugly verities laid bare. “Mistakes can be liberating,” says Müller. They can also be very cruel.