This fall, the name of Alan Turing and the theme of artificial intelligence are once again on the mouth of many. The Knigomans discuss British Ian Makyuan ’s new novel “Machines Like Me” — in the alternative history of Turing live in the 1980s, continuing to make scientific breakthroughs. And now to talk about English mathematics will be able and theatres, however, only Khabarovsk — at the Drama Theatre today premiere “Test Turing.”
Playwright Igor Yakimov defined his play as “a comedy for two people, two mobile phones and one laptop, and a tragedy for a transistor radio receiver.” The action takes place in the near future — maybe “even tomorrow”: a British scientist using a Turing test tries to find out who is in front of him — a man or a machine? The series of comic situations in which he finds himself only highlights the fact that we ourselves today are more robots than humans, because without an electric socket many will not be able to live an hour.
The comedy about computer programs, love and beauty was set by Maxim Kalsin, and this is his second consecutive premiere in the Khabarovsk Drama Theatre — a month and a half ago the audience was presented with the thriller “Portrait of Fear.”
The XIII International Theatre Festival of Modern Drama “Kolyada-Plays” continues in Yekaterinburg, the program of which traditionally consists of performances on the plays of Nicholas Stroller, young Ural drama and winners of the International Competition of Drama “Eurasia.”
If last year the president of the festival Nikolai Stroyada was able to invite more than 600 guests, this time the budget allowed to receive only 200 people. However, this also means that in 10 days Eiburzhets will see a total of about 40 performances of theatres from Helsinki, Petropavlovsk, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Lower Tagil, the village of Velaya Atnya and, actually, Yekaterinburg.
“When I see my students growing up, becoming famous, the heart is filled with incredible pride,” says festival president Nikolai Stroyada. “This year I watched 80 video appearances. From them by different criteria selected productions. As a result, it turned out to be just the perfect program. When I am asked what performances I would recommend to visit, I say — yes all to one! ”
Those who cannot be in Yekaterinburg these days have the opportunity to join the festival thanks to online broadcasts.
The Sverdlovsk Academic Drama Theatre continues to issue premiere on the mountain, and today — the time of the “Republic of SHKID.” However, at the basis of the performance not only the story of the same name by Gregory White and L. Panteleev (Alexey Eremeyev) — director Dmitry Yegorov brought it together in a production with the novel of former Shkidians Pavel Olkhovsky and Constantine Evstafiev, where SHKIDskie orders and the creator of the School-commune Victor Soroka-Rosinsky are subject.
In addition, the show uses unique documentary materials provided by White ’s granddaughter Elena Nazaryan. All this makes it possible to reveal in depth the theme of the Teacher ’s importance in the life of every person and to see in the heroes of real people who wanted to create a “country” where it is possible to live according to the laws of free creativity and real friendship.
Its 87th season, the Makism Gorky Seaside Drama Theatre opens a joint project with the Los Angeles Theatre Movement Bazaar, backed by the U.S. Embassy. American producers chose a classic to work with Vladivostok actors and adapted Francis Scott Fitzgerald ’s novel “The Great Gatsby” for the stage. “We wanted to choose a story that perfectly reflected the” American spirit, “but at the same time concluded his criticism. And that is why we were attracted by Fitzgerald, who best depicted the jazz era of the 1920s, a time called “one solid party with an atmosphere of exploitation, rampage and cheating,” said director Tina Cronis and staging author Richard Alger.
It is interesting that in the production plans for the season at the Maritime Theatre there are two other very different, but in their cult novels — “Master and Margarita” Mikhail Bulgarian and “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen.
The Festival of Theatres of the Far East did not finish in Khabarovsk, as the time for a new major event came — all moved to Vladivostok, where these days the Far East Theatre Forum of the STD of the Russian Federation “Russian Theatre — XXI Century” takes place. About 300 people take part in daily creative workshops, trainings, seminars and laboratories. Important points of today will be, for example, round tables on the topics “Theater — viewer — Internet” and “Director in modern Russian theatre — synecura or galleys?.” The forum will last until October 4.
A year and a half ago, the whole young Novosibirsk blew up Andrei Prikotenko ’s performance “Sociopath/Hamlet” in the theatre “Old House”.
The generational hero participated in the rap battle and from his energy simply slammed. So the premiere about another cult character here was expected not that with impatience, but with awe. Yesterday the first show of the director ’s version of “Idiot” on the novel by Fedor Dostoyevsky took place, tonight — the second. “Indescribable,” incredible, “amazing” — thrilled those who managed to get to the premiere, and it was not easy, because the configuration of the stage space cut off most of the auditorium, so there were very few seats.
Andrei Prikotenko turned into Myshkin each — more precisely, each carries a Myshkin complex. In fact, the performance is an attempt by the director to answer the main question: “Can there exist today a man who loved this world so much that the life of another becomes for him the highest value?”
Already traditionally in September the Omsk Academic Drama Theatre presents two premiere at the same time. On the Main stage Boris Pavlovich, who had already worked with the troupe earlier on the performance “Life,” will present the performance-film “Berchal. The Air of Childhood. ” At the basis of the production — two film scores of Gennady Spalikov, the first and the last: on none of them the film was never made. Artist Olga Pavlovich created an empty shooting pavilion. ’And into that empty space, the actors and I will go in to try to imagine those films — what they might be like.
From the euphoric lyrics “Quay,” in which the main character wanders through night Moscow, before in the morning getting married and sailing on a barge into a serious adult life, to a harsh sentence of illusions in the “Air of Childhood,” — comments Boris Pavlovich.
At the same time, scenes from village life will unfold on the Chamber named after Tatiana Ozhigova — the chief director of the theater Georgy Tshvirava set “Uncle Vanya” Anton Chekov. It is interesting that with a duration of less than three hours the performance will go with three anthracts.
In 2018 at the festival of young drama Lubimovka there was a reading of the play Svetlana Petriychuk "Tuesday a short day." Immediately after that theatre critic Pavel Rudnev wrote in one of his accounts: "Before what beautiful this play, it is necessary to put." The South Sakhalin Chekov Center agrees with this - and today there will be a pre-repair show of the performance.
Director Alexander Sozonov made a decision to make the performance immersive - the main action takes place in a moving bus. "The viewer goes on the way with the heroes. Where 's he going? How will this journey end? This new theatre genre is necessary for modern people - an alloy of new-style quest, modern drama and powerful acting works, "- says the director.
"Tuesday a Short Day" is a drama about a saleswoman from Blagoveshchensk, whom his son is drawn into transporting a spice from China to Russia. Her monologue in the play echoes the images of heroines-mothers of classical Russian literature, and the central question becomes: does the strongest love justify any crime?