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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MARQUEE: Stages Set For Invaders

With apologies to that old Hollywood Cold-War comedy, I am inclined to exclaim - strictly in regards to Moscow's theater life - "The Foreigners Are Coming! The Foreigners Are Coming!" From Sept. 26 to Oct. 29, we have productions coming at us from England, the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Poland and other countries.

Appropriately, first will be "To Moscow, the Devil Take it!" on Sept. 26 and 27. This adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's popular novel, "The Master and Margarita," has been staged by the avant-garde November 9 ensemble of Frankfurt, Germany. Four actors and three musicians will act out the novel concerning the devil's mischief in Moscow. It plays on the Mossoviet Theater's Stage Beneath the Roof.

On Sept. 29 and 30, at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, will be the Theatre Nanterre-Amandiers from France. They will bring Jean-Pierre Vincent's production of Pierre Marivaux's "The Game of Love and Chance." Marivaux, an 18th-century playwright, has been one of the great rediscoveries of world theater in the last decade. But the French have never forgotten him, and no one performs his ruminations on love and eros as well as they.

Not to be outdone, the British, by way of the National Theater and the British Council, will bring to town Patrick Marber's "Closer." This multi-award-winning show pits men and women against and with each other in such a way that prompted one critic to call the show "both a romantic comedy and brutal anatomy of modern love." Performances will be held at the Mossoviet Theater on Oct. 22 and 23.

The 4th International Festival of One-Actor Shows, organized by the Theater of Nations (229-5672) and the Actors House (248-9228), opens Oct. 22 and runs through Oct. 29. There will be over 30 performances of 16 productions from 12 countries. From the United States will be Michael Moshen performing what is billed as an "illusory show" based on Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days." It will run Oct. 27 and 28 on the main stage of the Pushkin Theater.

On Oct. 26 and 27 at the Et Cetera Theater, the Improvisational Dance Theater from Japan will perform "Mina Tanaki," while on the 28th and 29th, on the same stage, the Theater of Pantomime, Movement and Dance from Switzerland will offer "The Comedienne."

- John Freedman