- Sep 16, 2017
by Anton Chekhov
directed by Yury Butusov
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 1:00pm
In addition to the array of baked goods, TSL is making available a Proletarian Platter of traditional Russian food specially prepared for each performance by Chef Chelsea Snider. And at intermission, TSL will treat you to a shot of vodka, compliments of the house!
Yury Butusov’s frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. Chekhov’s characters are in the process of creating their lives, or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity. In this production, director Butusov expresses his opinion on everything at once: betrayal, imagination, fear of one’s own ineptitude. This is not only a performance about the theatre – it is also an anthology of the theatre.
Psychological theatre is followed by expressionism, which is thoroughly mocked, a parody is followed by self-parody, the same scene is played in different ways, including the spellbinding last one which Butusov masterfully directs for the grand finale.
In Russian with English subtitles. Rated: PG 13.
Running time: 3h50m [includes two 10-minute intermissions]
Tickets: TSL Members $12.50 / Students $10.00 / General Public $15.00
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