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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


In addition to supervising a recent, single Moscow performance of "Oresteia," the eight-hour show he staged with Russian actors two years ago, German director Peter Stein is "introducing" a new crop of actors to Russian life and culture. Preparing for a production of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" to be done with Italian actors, Stein and his troupe have been making the rounds of Moscow theaters, checking out how Russians stage and play their own classic authors.


Nobody in Russian theater loves controversy better than Yury Lyubimov, and the founder of the Taganka Theater has tongues wagging again. As recently reported in this space, Lyubimov flew in just before the New Year and cancelled all shows at the Taganka in order to rehearse his production-in-progress of Dostoevsky's novel, "The Adolescent." But after irritating many in his troupe by calling a general meeting on the afternoon of New Year's Eve and scheduling a rehearsal for New Year's Day, Lyubimov abruptly packed up and left town a few days later. He apparently did not say when he would be back. In an unrelated development, Lyubimov recently made a rare stage appearance in Germany, playing in a short-lived Russian-language production of Alexander Griboyedov's "Woe from Wit." The show was billed locally as a reunion for Taganka actors who have left Moscow, although, aside from Lyubimov -- who never performed in his own theater -- not a single member of the cast had ever been a Taganka actor.


Last Monday's expected premiere of Olga Mukhina's "Tanya-Tanya," directed by Andrei Prokhodko for the Fomenko Studio, was canceled by artistic director Pyotr Fomenko, who was unhappy with the result. The rescheduled opener may or may not take place Saturday. Meanwhile, Mark Zakharov has begun rehearsals at the Lenkom Theater of a dramatization of Dostoevsky's novella, "The Gambler," starring Oleg Yankovsky.