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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Mikhoels Jubilee Events

The big Solomon Mikhoels Festival of Arts, which opened Monday night with an all-star concert at the Bolshoi Theater and will run at various venues around town until Jan. 13, is not the only local event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the great Jewish actor. Under the title "Days of Memory for Solomon Mikhoels," a two-day program presenting five plays on Jewish themes and a video-program of Mikhoels on film will be held Jan. 11 and 12 at the Vernissage Theater.

According to Igor Pekhovich, an actor at the Taganka Theater and the organizer of the program along with the Vladimir Vysotsky Museum, all of the entries will be small-scale works for one or two actors.

The Jan. 11, 3 p.m. opener will be "Exodus," created and acted by Artur Ofengeim, an actor at the Russian Army Theater. At 7 p.m. Igor Pekhovich and Yelena Laskavaya will revive a fine show they used to perform at the Taganka under the title of "I'm Better Off Speaking." This moving dialogue with music incorporates the poetry of Joseph Brodsky, texts from the Bible, Vasily Grossman's novel, "Life and Fate," and other works.

The Jan. 12 schedule begins with the Mikhoels video program in the theater's white hall at noon. Next up are Alexander Rezalin's "Kukareku," based on two bittersweet stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, at 3 p.m. and Arseny Kovalsky starring in "Lilac Smoke," Felix Roziner's intriguing play about a Jewish teenager coming of age in Lithuania during World War II, at 6 p.m. in the White Hall. The closing event features the actor Gennady Abramov in "My Home" at 7 p.m. For information call 945-3245.