On its professional holiday, the Kamchatka Drama and Comedy Theater pleased the audience with the premiere of the “vintage comedy” “Nameless Star”.
Contemporaries called the play by the Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian “a love song that gives the impression of a lightning strike.” Surprisingly, she evokes the same feelings now. The story of the acquaintance of a secular beauty and a provincial teacher of astronomy in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was told by director Timur Nasirov. The audience succumbed to the charm of this play with pleasure, confessing after the premiere: “Going out into the street, I looked at the sky: where is she — the Big Dipper ?!”.
By the way, today the theater is showing the family play “Mermaid Tales” — the other day it became known that it was he who would take part in the “Territory of Childhood” festival, which will be held in Blagoveshchensk in June 2022. Our congratulations!
Shakespeare in three hours? It is possible that. A large-scale premiere was held at the Chekhov Center — director Margarita Krasnykh presented the plastic performance “Shakespeare. Dream”.
The production is based on five plays by the great British playwright, moreover, cult works — Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, bordered by The Winter’s Tale. “The selection of plays was a complex and contentious process. I chose those stories that would be close to the viewer, — Margarita Krasnykh explains. “After all, a lot on the stage was decided through plasticity with a minimum amount of text, and I wanted the audience to feel a connection with the author, so that the names of the characters became beacons that they would follow, reading events on an intuitive level.”
The jester has become the central image — it is he, a descendant of Yorick in the fifteenth generation, who has been given the right to tell a story, Time flows through him, and he comments on each Shakespearean character in a new guise: Chaplin, Black Pierrot Vertinsky, Asisaya, Joker ...
All the tragic stories eventually merged into a performance about people, their lives, experiences, about great love and great losses, about fatal mistakes and great forgiveness. The next screening will take place at the Chekhov Center on April 10.
In Krasnoyarsk, the results of the regional festival “Theatrical Spring” were summed up — in two weeks the jury, headed by Tatyana Tikhonovets, watched 23 performances of theaters in the region. “The Krasnoyarsk Territory is huge, and there are many theaters here, both in big cities and in small ones. At this festival, everyone competed on an equal footing, there were no concessions, — Tatyana Tikhonovets comments. — I was pleased that an unusually diverse genre palette was presented. Directors of different generations, schools, formations work in theaters — this is very interesting.”
The favorite at the end of the festival can be considered the production of Oleg Rybkin’s “Death of Tarelkin” in the Krasnoyarsk Drama Theater. A. S. Pushkin, who won in the nominations: best large-form performance, best director’s work, best artist’s work (Alexander Mokhov), best costume designer’s work (Fagilya Selskaya), best lighting designer’s work (Dmitry Zimenko), best male supporting role (Georgy Dmitriev for the role of Brandakhlystova).
The special jury prize went to Igor Grigurko “For the plastic solution of the dramatic performance” Tarelkin’s Death “".
The Krasnoyarsk Theater of the Young Spectator was noted for the play “Anna Karenina”, there are several acting victories at once — Elena Kaiser for the role of Dolly, Anatoly Malykhin for the role of Karenin, Marina Baboshina for the role of Dolly. And the jury gave the special prize to the performance “Gogol. Exhibits” — “For the uniqueness and modernity of the incarnation.”
The full list of laureates can be found at the link, and we, of course, congratulate everyone and wish that these victories inspire new achievements!
Three sisters turn into nine — the Naum Orlov Chelyabinsk Drama Theater presents its own version of Anton Chekhov’s play.
Director Mark Bukin made an attempt to push three generations of Chekhov’s sisters together, trying to convey the feeling of frozen time. Olga, Masha and Irina exist as if in the past, present and future, but the viewer observes all these incarnations not sequentially, but simultaneously, seeing the heroines from different positions, with different attitudes to what is happening.
The director, together with artist Dmitry Razumov, created a space that visually refers to Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. “Tarkovsky is a director with whom I constantly have some kind of internal dialogue,” says Mark Bukin. — And many are allusions to the films of the master. For example, the entire proscenium area will be filled with water, and various household items will lie in this pool — the remains of the past life of the three sisters. The space of the house in which the main characters of the play live will gradually collapse. The world of the performance is apocalyptic: people exist on the ruins of civilization."
The creative team of the performance urges not to treat the theater as a museum, where historical exhibits are shown. Chekhov’s heroes are modern, they still live among us today — you can be convinced of this at the premiere screenings of “Three Sisters” on March 25 and 26.
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.