Johann Nestroy is often dubbed the Austrian Shakespeare. Quite rightly: like the great master of English literature, Nestroy impersonated the one or other character of his plays himself until he died.
In 1833 Nestroy lands his first coup: The play 'Lumpacivagabundus'
was an immediate success.
In contrast to Raimund's interest in romantic and magical fantasies,
Nestroy emphasizes the comedy's facilities for parody and criticism
even though his texts were adapted to snuggle around the strict
zensurship of his time, the era of conservative minister Metternich.
His interest in word play was legendary often blending Viennese
dialect with his figure's failed attempt at educated speech.
Like Shakespeare, Nestroy was highly prolific. Among the most important are 'Lumpacivagabundus', 'Liebesgeschichten und Heiratssachen', 'Der Talisman', 'Einen Jux will er sich machen' or 'Der Zerissene' all of them burlesque comedies, a genre called 'Posse' on German, which he adapted to carry social criticism and biting satire.