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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ionesco Play By Chisinau

The young Ionesco Theater from Chisinau, Moldova, brings its production of Eugene Ionesco's "Exit the King" to the Pushkin Theater on Friday as the next installment of the Second Chekhov International Theater Festival. The theater was founded in 1991 by a group of graduates from Moscow's Shchukin Theater Institute who were then members of another Kishinev troupe. "Exit the King," which explores the questions a monarch faces as he realizes that death is near, has enjoyed considerable success at theater festivals, repeatedly bringing Petru Vutkareu (who also directed) best actor awards.


The Les Kurbas Youth Theater from Lviv, Ukraine, performs "Entertainments for Faust" at Anatoly Vasilyev's School of Dramatic Art on Sunday. It is a logical choice of venues, since director Volodymyr Kuchynsky is a former pupil of Vasilyev. The production is a dramatization of various scenes from Dostoevsky's novel, "Crime and Punishment," which focuses on the interaction between the killer Raskolnikov, his mother, sister and the mysterious Svidrigailov.


Kuchynsky has gained the reputation of a talented experimenter since founding the Les Kurbas Youth Theater in 1988. His productions, mainly of classic Ukrainian writers, but also including such Western authors as Alexandre Dumas and Plato, have impressed with their energetic approach, their use of music, light and movement and their penchant for drawing the spectator into the performance. "Entertainments for Faust" is Kuchynsky's second foray into the material of "Crime and Punishment" in recent years. Kuchynsky's theater is named for one of the great Ukrainian directors, who was shot in 1937 at the Solovki prison camp.


Following a performance Wednesday of Chekhov's "Fatherlessness" by the Tsvilling Theater from Chelyabinsk at the Chekhov Art Theater, the Jan Theater from Turkmenistan gives one performance June 13 at the Pushkin Theater. The show, "Apat," is Kakajan Ashir's adaptation of a national folk epic and is the penultimate offering of the Chekhov Theater Festival. After a 17-day break, the festival will resume and conclude July 1 to 4 with four performances of Giorgio Strehler's staging of "The Slave Island" by Marivaux.


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