The Altai Drama Theater named after Vasily Shukshin continues to bring sketches to life — today the premiere of the play “Cosmos” will be held here. Alexei Zhitkovsky’s play was chosen for the September laboratory “Now Time” by director Dmitry Akimov, and this work received the most ardent support from the audience. Their desire for the performance to enter the repertoire came true.
Cosmos is a story about Tatiana, a school English teacher, raising her teenage son and dreaming of Mickey Rourke. However, very soon cosmonaut Seryozha will settle in her fantasies — once a classmate who was in love with her, arriving in the town on a mission of an honored guest.
“This play works with several myths at once,” says Oleg Loevsky, head of the laboratory. — An astronaut is a separate concept in our minds, an absolute value. And becoming an astronaut, and even after being bullied at school, is just cheating fate. And all these are myths — and loneliness, and war, and early deaths, the 90s, school, teacher. It seems to me that Dima Akimov caught these echoes of myths, and they all found a stage embodiment.
Spectators will be able to dive into Cosmos on March 24 and 30. By the way, the playwright himself, Alexei Zhitkovsky, will also come to the premiere screening.
Only fun and absurdity! Under this motto, the premiere of the play for children “Giant Bobov” will be held today at the Novosibirsk Academic Youth Theater “Globus”. The choice of material is very curious — the life and work of Daniil Kharms.
Director Polina Kardymon and playwright Yegor Zaitsev created their own text based on the works of Kharms, which reveals different aspects of the writer’s life — that is why there are seven Kharms in the performance. “Artistic time captures one week from the life of Kharms, who explains in the prologue that he has a lot of names and pseudonyms,” comments Polina Kardymon. “The favorite is borrowed from one of his heroes — Giant Bobov.” Kharms talks about his old dream — flying to the moon. But the space company sets a condition — for the flight you need to become a truly adult, serious person, while Kharms — an original and an eccentric — is more like a child. Then the hero undertakes to prove his trustworthiness and spend a “serious week”. So he relives the various stages of his life.
“We want to give the kids a ’rock concert’ with bright decorations, magic tricks, acrobatics and various feints that can captivate the child so that HE likes it,” says the director. “And of course, we are making this performance not just for children, but for families — I want parents to have fun at our performance too!”
Premiere screenings of “Giant Bobov” will be held on 23, 24 and 25 March.
“Expecting from love relationships is always a pleasure — bankruptcy,” says the Yekaterinburg Theater for Young Spectators and, as proof, presents the premiere of “Duel” based on Anton Chekhov’s story. The plot, tied to the feelings of Laevsky and the married Nadezhda Fedorovna, who fled from St. Petersburg to the Caucasus, is embodied on stage by Anatoly Praudin. This is not the first time the director has worked with the Youth Theater team, and the theater emphasizes that his performances add depth and psychology to the repertoire.
There are no minor characters in Praudin’s production, they are all main characters. Although in the center, of course, Laevsky and Nadezhda Fedorovna — the director assigned the married couple Oleg Getze and Alesya Maas to their roles. According to him, “to shorten the path to getting used to the images.”
The authorocentric performance, as the directors say about it, was first presented to the audience on March 20, and on March 22 and 31, the premiere screenings of “Duel” will continue.
The name of the playwright Florian Zeller and his trilogy of plays “Papa”, “Mama”, “Son” are already well known to Russian theaters. “Daddy” enjoys special attention from directors, but “Sons” are also gradually growing. Last weekend, the premiere took place at the Chelyabinsk Chamber Theater — here a play about the tragedy of growing up was staged by Alexei Yankovsky.
Teenager Nicolas is going through a hard divorce of his parents, the world becomes hostile for him, he himself becomes uncontrollable. What is the meaning of being, what are true, real values? The author tries to find answers to these questions through the prism of young consciousness.
The story of one family, as told by director Alexei Yankovsky, while remaining understandable and recognizable, grows to the level of a high tragedy, the heroes of which are dominated by inexorable fate. “Son” only pretends to be an everyday drama, turning out to be in fact a philosophical parable about fear that eats the soul and deprives the closest people of the opportunity to understand each other.
The premiere screenings of the existential drama took place on March 19 and 20, and the next one is waiting for Chelyabinsk residents tomorrow, March 22.
In our minds, “Faust” is inextricably linked with the name of the German writer and thinker Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The Altai Youth Theater is trying to destroy this idea, because in fact the legends about a man who sold his soul to the devil have been known since the 13th century, and the first printed story about Faust appeared in 1587. So history knows a lot of interpretations, and today the Barnaul audience will see one of them — in the musical genre.
Aleksey Serov, the chief director of the Youth Theater of Altai, chose Alexander Shevtsov’s musical to stage, justifying this with several arguments at once: “Now there is a certain trend to play world classics in such a light version: Crime and Punishment is on in Moscow, Anna Karenina is on Broadway. And we offer our version of one of the most researched legends in the history of mankind. Trying to make a bright, beautiful, musical performance — that’s what we want. Besides, ‘Faust’ is a beautiful name on the poster.”
Serious work was done — for the first time in the Youth Theater of Altai, the team of directors consisted of 11 people, including nominees and owners of the Golden Mask. Barnaul’s Faust will premiere on March 18, 19 and 20.
“Believe it or not, but Fedot the Sagittarius lived in this world, a daring fellow ...”
How many catchphrases the play of Leonid Filatov gave us! And just about they will sound from the stage of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Drama Theater, where the premiere of “About Fedot the Archer, a daring young man” is being prepared. A satirical fairy tale for adults is staged here by Alexander Ageev, artistic director of the South Sakhalin Chekhov Center. For the director, by the way, this is the first experience of cooperation with another team.
Keeping the spirit of Russian folklore, Alexander Ageev supplements the story with his own solutions and modern accents. And the theater is sure that the performance will certainly remind the audience “that love, truth and fortitude overcome all obstacles.”
The premiere screenings of “About Fedot the Archer, a daring fellow” will be held on March 18 and 19.
The First All-Russian Theater Festival named after Valentin Rasputin, conceived by the Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater and dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the writer, has started. The festival’s playbill includes performances based on the works of Valentin Rasputin himself, as well as Viktor Astafiev, Vasily Shukshin and Varlam Shalamov — 13 performances will be shown in just six days.
On the opening day — March 15 — the audience saw the “Deadline” of the Maly Theater and “Kolyma Tales” of the St. Petersburg Theater. Lensoviet. In addition, theaters from Vologda, Barnaul, Minusinsk, Nyagan, Ulan-Ude, Ust-Ilimsk and, of course, Irkutsk will take part in the festival.
Spectators are waiting not only for performances, but also a special cultural and entertainment program — lectures, exhibitions, discussions of productions with theater critics. The festival will end on March 20 — on its main stage, the Irkutsk Drama Theater. Okhlopkova will play Farewell to Matyora.
The Trans-Baikal Regional Drama Theater today will please its audience with a classic — Alexander Ostrovsky’s play “Thunderstorm” was staged here by Oleg Permyakov. This is not his first work in Chita, theater-goers know him from the drama “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky and the comedy “Noise behind the Scenes” by Michael Frain.
The director works extremely carefully with Ostrovsky’s text, and yet he offers his own original view of the characters, time and relationships. “When we were analyzing the play, the director offered us the following formula — to play this performance about the value of human life. There is a lot about it,” says Alexei Terekhin, who plays Boris.
The theater promises that “the performance will reveal unexpected twists and will allow you to see important details that, perhaps, have escaped the attention of those who have read the play.”
Thunderstorms will premiere on March 15 and 26.
The Northern Drama Theater named after Mikhail Ulyanov presented two new performances at once at the weekend.
The long-awaited premiere was Konstantin Rekhtin’s production Punishment. Epilogue". The director combined Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” and the story “Notes from the House of the Dead”. According to his plan, the plot unfolds in a prison where Rodion Raskolnikov is serving a sentence for a double murder. "No one offered the viewer to look at the events of the novel and the life of Raskolnikov from prison. The hero looks at himself from the epilogue, returning to the murder, again and again living the fateful moment of life. It is there that he is reborn and becomes a man of the future, “comments Konstantin Rekhtin on this decision.
In parallel, another performance by Rekhtin was released on the Small Stage — “My Boy” based on the play by Ekaterina Guzema. By the way, here the hero’s name is Rodion, but this is the story of a modern teenager from an intelligent family, whose life one evening will be divided into “before” and “after”.
The next screenings of the premiere performances will take place on March 19 and 20, respectively.
Time to tune in to self-irony. A new performance by Dmitry Gomzyakov at the Tomsk Theater for Young Spectators will push the viewer to this. Its very name will already bring a smile to the theatergoers — neither more nor less, but “The best performance of a small form.” The production team is trying to fulfill a global task — to overcome the Russian khton.
“What this concept means is easy to feel, plunging into the atmosphere of Dostoevsky’s late works: not a single happy person, melancholy reigns everywhere, everyone is humiliated and insulted ... It turns out that a Russian person is a dull person. But, according to my observations, today’s generation is slowly overcoming such a ‘chthonic’ cultural code,” Dmitry Gomzyakov believes.
The performance has no literary basis, everything was composed and tested in the process. For example, each of the actors offered their own way of dealing with a gloomy face, and this received a joint embodiment: someone was saved by winter fishing, someone invited everyone to eat delicious food and play games.
In general, the actors got pleasure from rehearsals; we are sure that the audience will connect to these sensations at the premiere shows on March 11 and 12. Break a leg!
One of the premiere screenings of the drama Woyzeck will take place today at the Primorsky Youth Theater. “This play itself found me, if I may say so,” director Anton Shefatov admitted.
As you know, Woyzeck is an unfinished play by Georg Buchner, recognized as one of the greatest works of German drama. However, the director no longer repelled from the text itself, but from the theme and atmosphere. The playwright of the project Victoria Kostyukevich carefully worked out the original source and placed the necessary accents. “Our Woyzeck is not about how an aggressive environment brings a small person to a boiling point, to an explosion, no. Our production is about how a person tries to find an explanation for his act, to understand why he did what he did,” says Anton Shefatov.
Chamber, intimate “Woyzeck” is on the Small stage of the theater, where the audience has more opportunities to delve deeper into the psychology of the character. All the action is concentrated in a small room, essentially representing the soul of Woyzeck, and everything that happens here is his memories, reflections, reflections. The hour-long performance, according to the recognition of the first spectators, “is like an operation when they cut on the living.”
You can see Woyzeck on March 10 and 11.
The Sharypov Drama Theater these days not only released a premiere, but also celebrated its own round birthday — 40 years. It was created in 1982 on the basis of the folk theater “Phaeton”, and 10 years later it was given a separate building. “Looking back to 1992, when we were hauling bricks, building a theatre, polishing the walls and thinking how to upholster the foyer, I understand how naive and happy we were,” recalls chief director Snezhanna Lobastova. — We lived alone — to make a good theater that will bring joy to people. And every day we are in search.
In early 2022, the search led to the immortal novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin “Eugene Onegin”. Snezhanna Lobastova called her version “O. E.”, emphasizing that her performance, following Pushkin’s conversation with the reader, full of paradoxes and mysteries, will be “a reflection on music, about a person, his ability to love, hate and forgive.”
The premiere screenings took place, now “O. E.” can be seen in April.
The Chelyabinsk Youth Theater does not pursue a festive mood, but gives its audience a chance to seriously think about the most important things in life. Today there will be a premiere performance of the play “Heart of Stone” based on the fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff, whose works cannot be called light and magical. Therefore, the age limit for the production is 12+. Director Alexander Cherepanov admitted that at first he really conceived a children’s fairy tale with a 6+ limit, but during rehearsals it became clear that the threshold would have to be raised.
According to the plot, the coal miner Peter Munch is forced to make a choice: to remain a decent, but poor man, or to be tempted by the offer of the frightening Michel the Giant in a strange way to get rich instantly. “There is such a thing in the world as evil, and, unfortunately, it exists around us,” comments Alexander Cherepanov. — Sometimes it can seem attractive, charming, and you can easily fall for it. But to move back, from the dark side to the light side, is almost impossible. And I think it’s very important to talk about it with the audience."
The director changed Gauf’s happy ending to a rather ambiguous one, but this will once again allow us to reflect on the choice of our path and responsibility for this choice.
“Polyarka” to be. Today at the Norilsk Polar Drama Theater named after Vladimir Mayakovsky, the 10th laboratory of modern drama is opening on the theme "Theater. Women’s look. “Of the 25 centuries of the theater’s existence from Ancient Greece to the present day, only the last 5 centuries a woman lives and acts in it, and only in the last few decades has she energetically come to the fore — not only on stage, but also in production and production work,” commentary in the theatre.
On the opening day, a presentation of an exhibition-performance by artists of the Polar Art Residence PolArt will take place, and later the audience will be presented with Natalia Nazarova’s film “A Simple Pencil” — a social drama about the fate of a Russian teacher, in which most of the performers are not professional actors.
The next two days will be devoted to sketches. Playwright Svetlana Bazhenova will present her play “Do whatever you want as long as I love you” — a monologue of the eleventh-grader “gloomy Svetlana”, pronounced on the roof of a high-rise building. Victoria Pechernikova chose Maria Malukhina’s play “Polar Disease” for the sketch — a story from the 90s with shuttle heroines transporting their simple goods through the endless tundra. The program was completed by a sketch by Daria Shakhova based on the play by Yaroslava Pulinovich “The Life of Fyodor Mikhailovich and Alevtina Pavlovna, or Hot Covid Summer”, reminding that sometimes considerable efforts of the spirit are needed to wait for dawn.
At the end of each show, there will be an audience discussion and a traditional vote, which will determine the repertory fate of the works.
Gilded caftans, snow-white frills, puffy dresses and hairstyles — this is how the imperial court looks from the outside. But what is it really? Power struggle, love triangles, intrigue, intrigue, intrigue. Grigory Gorin 20 years ago created a bright farce “Jester Balakirev”, deducing in it many historical figures as the main characters: Peter I, Empress Ekaterina Alekseevna, Prince Menshikov, Count Yaguzhinsky. And among them is a simple Russian guy Ivan Balakirev, who, by a happy or tragic accident, was enrolled in the staff of court jesters. His story will be told at the Tobolsk Drama Theater in early March.
“To dive into the material, of course, is very interesting and even scary — how much betrayal, how much cruelty,” comments Nikolai Makarenko, who plays the role of the jester Dwarf. “And jesters — they existed on the verge of life and death.”
The premiere screenings of Anatoly Lobanov’s Jester Balakirev will be held on March 4, 5 and 6.