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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MARQUEE: Ostrovsky at Maly Again

The Maly Theater staged "Mad Money" at the tail end of last season as part of its endeavors to mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of the play's author, Alexander Ostrovsky. Another Ostrovsky play, "The Forest" opened shortly before. Despite its basic mediocrity, it features a stunning performance from Viktor Pavlov as a down-and-out itinerant comic actor that should not be missed.

"Mad Money" is a long grind at 2 hours 40 minutes. It portrays an unscrupulous young woman and her gold-digging mother looking to arrange their sorry financial affairs through an advantageous marriage to an unsuspecting country bumpkin. As is common for the Maly, the show sports rich costumes, lavish sets and plenty of wrist-on-brow emotions. But for all the commotion, there is little to watch besides Dmitry Koznov's mercifully understated turn as the servant Vasily.


On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., the Tabakov Theater unveils its first premiere of the season, Andrei Zhitinkin's production of a dramatization of the Thomas Mann novel, "The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man." Also in the offing at the Tabakov is Oleg Bogayev's "The Russian National Postal Service." This play was discovered in June 1997 at the Lyubimovka seminar of contemporary drama. Oleg Tabakov will star in the one-man show about a character who carries on a correspondence with historical figures living and dead. Directing is Kama Ginkas, making it the first time this renowned director has worked in Moscow outside the Theater Yunogo Zritelya in a decade and making it the first time he has staged a contemporary play in even longer. Ginkas' new production of Pushkin's "The Golden Cockerel" is expected to open at the Theater Yunogo Zritelya around the second week of October.


"Theater-Inform 98" is billed as an international theater market that will open Nov. 2 on the premises of the Anton Chekhov Theater at 21/2 Novy Arbat. Its purpose is to provide a networking opportunity for anyone interested in the practical problems of the performing arts. Taking part will be the Culture Ministry, theaters, orchestras, festivals, publishing houses, museums, libraries, etc. For further information on accreditation and the cost of registration, call 291-7881, 291-7486, 391-8678 or 343-2648.