“Provincial Anecdotes” by A. VampilovAutor: Alexander Smolyakov
Source: “Teatralnaya Afisha”, June-July
The performance is based on two famous one-act plays by Alexander Vampilov, written in the early 1970-s.
The artistic designer Margarita Demyanova makes almost a cinema decoration at the stage – a real hotel room, quite a comfortable one (or even too comfortable for the Soviet time). But the aim of this ‘hyperrealism’ is to accentuate the moral crisis of not only those very people but of the society in general. The crisis of faith, the cynicism and vulgarity, so masterfully reflected by Vampilov almost half a century ago, are no less relevant today, and that is why the Dolgachev’s performance is so timely, precise and daring in its belief that people can change anyway.
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