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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Yermolova TheaterOleg Menshikov opens his reign at the Yermolov Theater with Chekhov's “The Biggest Little Drama” starring two beloved Russian veteran actors, Valentin Gaft and Vladimir Andreyev.

Thursday, December 6th

A Hunting Drama (Drama na Okhote): Anton Yakovlev stages this piece based on the themes of an early Chekhov play. Et Cetera Theater. 7 p.m.

Alice's Trip to Switzerland (Puteshestviye Alisy v Shveitsariyu): Lukas Barfuss' play about people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide legally, and about a doctor who wishes to help them. Stars Olga Yakovleva and Yelena Morozova. Playwright and Director Center. 7 p.m.

New Boys Smell Like Oranges (Malchiki Pakhnut Apelsinami): Vladislav Nastavshev's staging based on Guy Davenport's story. Dirty Deal Teatro (Latvia) production. Platforma at the Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art. 10 p.m.

MT Pick Casting: Yury Yeryomin's play, based loosely on the plot of "A Chorus Line," stars Alla Sigalova as the director and choreographer. Mossoviet Theater. 7 p.m.

New Funds From Inheritance (Sredstva ot Nasledstva): Yury Ryashentsev and Galina Polidi's play on the themes of Jean-Francois Regnard's comedy "The Sole Heir" that focuses on a crafty servant. Satire Theater. 7 p.m.

Genesis No. 2: (Bytiye — 2): monologues and dialogues about a woman's struggle to understand her identity, written by Ivan Vyrypayev and directed by Viktor Ryzhakov. Praktika. 8 p.m.

Happy New Year! (S Nastupayushchim!): Sergei Garmash and Leonid Yarmolnik co-star as two friends in Rodion Ovchinnikov's New Year story. Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

How a Man Fell Apart (Kak Chelovek Rassypalsya): a physical theater staging based on Daniil Kharms' absurdist poem "The Old Woman." Clout Theater (France) production. Meyerhold Center. 8 p.m.

Karenin: Vasily Sigarev's tragicomedy, based on Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina," focuses on her husband Alexei. Directed by Viesturs Meiksans. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater Novaya Stage. 7 p.m.

New Lies for Salvation (Lozh vo Spaseniye): Gleb Panfilov's staging on the themes of Spanish poet and playwright Alejandro Casona. Lenkom Theater. 7 p.m.

Shakespeare's Fools (Shuty Shekspirovy): Kama Ginkas stages a mixture of scenes from several Shakespeare plays, including "Romeo and Juliet," "Richard III" and "Hamlet." Theater Yunogo Zritelya. 7 p.m.

The Blue Monster (Sineye Chudovishche): Konstantin Raikin directs a commedia dell'arte based on a play by Carlo Gozzi. Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

The Human Voice (Chelovechesky Golos): Igor Yatsko's staging of Jean Cocteau's drama and Francis Poulenc's opera. School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m.

New The Triumph of Love (Triumf Lyubvi): Bulgarian director Galin Stoev stages Marivaux's classic comedy. Theater of Nations. 7 p.m.

Uncle Vanya (Dyadya Vanya): Rimas Tuminas' often grotesque staging of Chekhov's play about people whose lives slip away in the Russian countryside. Stars Sergei Makovetsky. Vakhtangov Theater. 7 p.m.

Friday, December 7th

New Boys Smell Like Oranges: (See Thurs. listing.) Platforma at the Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art. 10 p.m.

Everywhere Is Life (Vsyudu Zhizn): a movement staging by Yegor Druzhinin. Yermolova Theater. 7 p.m.

How a Man Fell Apart: (See Thurs. listing.) Meyerhold Center. 8 p.m.

La Grande Magia (Velikaya Magiya): Yevgeny Pisarev directs and stars in Eduardo de Filippo's play about theatrical illusion and obsessional delusion. Pushkin Theater. 7 p.m.

New Nine Months, 40 Weeks (9 Mesyatsev, 40 Nedel): An all-male cast plays pregnant women in Alexei Kulichkov and Sergei Shevchenko's documentary play. Teatr.doc. 7 and 9 p.m.

New Spanish Madness (Ispanskiye Bezumstva): Igor Konyayev stages Lope de Vega's play "The Maestro of Dance." Lenkom Theater. 7 p.m.

The Blue Monster: (See Thurs. listing.) Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

The Girl and the Revolutionary (Devushka i Revolyutsioner): Igor Simonov's play centers on a romantic encounter of Stalin and his future wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Vladimir Ageyev's staging. Praktika. 7 and 9 p.m.

The Hare. A Love Story (Zayats. Love Story): Valentin Gaft and Nina Doroshina co-star in Nikolai Kolyada's play directed by Galina Volchek. Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

The Last Clown (Posledny Kloyn): Andrei Sokolov stars as a fifty year-old bon vivant at death's door in a play by Bernard Slade directed by Sergei Artsibashev. Satire Theater. 7 p.m.

The Masquerade: Rimas Tuminas directs Mikhail Lermontov's play about a husband's fatal jealousy of his younger wife. Vakhtangov Theater. 7 p.m.

The Slow Sword (Medlenny Mech): Yury Klavdiyev's urban drama about a young man seeking to understand what makes people tick in the cruel, modern world. Playwright and Director Center. 8 p.m.

The Tale of Arden Forest (Skazka Ardenskogo Lesa): Yuly Kim's adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," written by Yuly Kim and directed by Pyotr Fomenko. Fomenko Studio. 7 p.m.

New The Waltz of Singles (Vals Odinokikh): Semyon Zlotnikov stages his play about love. Contemporary Play School. 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 8th

Demons (Besy): Yury Lyubimov's staging of Dostoevsky's novel about 19th-century revolutionaries. Music by Igor Stravinsky and Vladimir Martynov. Vakhtangov Theater. 7 p.m.

Five Evenings (Pyat Vecherov): Alexander Ogaryov's production of Alexander Volodin's Thaw-era play about two former lovers who meet again (Sergei Garmash and Yelena Yakovleva). Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

New Funny Dream: Ilya Shagalov's staging based on themes drawn from Dostoevsky and Sartre. Platforma at the Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art. 7 p.m.

Heard, Seen, Not Jotted Down (Podslushannoye, Podsmotrennoye, Nezapisannoye): an improvisational show by Yevgeny Grishkovets and Iosif Raikhelgauz. Contemporary Play School. 7 p.m.

Heat (Zhara): Natalya Moshina's play about a group of romantic terrorists as staged by Vladimir Ageyev. Praktika. 7 and 9 p.m.

Ivanov and Others (Ivanov i Drugiye): Sergei Shakurov stars in Genrietta Yanovskaya's interpretation of Anton Chekhov's play about a group of people's inability to love or be loved. Theater Yunogo Zritelya. 7 p.m.

Nighnil (Okolonolya): Kirill Serebrennikov's adaptation of Vladislav Surkov's 2009 "gangsta fiction" novel written under the pseudonym of Natan Dubovitsky. Tabakov Theater production. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater small stage. 7 p.m.

New Sister Nadezhda (Sestra Nadezhda): Alexander Marin stages the story of two sisters by Alexander Volodin. Tabakov Theater. 7 p.m.

New The Aliens (Chuzhaki): Romanian-American director Adrian Giurgia stages the hit play by Annie Baker about two losers in a back lot and their teenage protege. Pushkin Theater affiliate. 7 p.m.

The Blind Society Evening Rout (Vecherny Viyezd Obshchestva Slepykh): Viktor Shenderovich's comedy takes place in the metro when a train is stranded in between stations. Satire Theater. 7 p.m.

The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kaleka s Inishmana): Sergei Fedotov's staging of Martin McDonagh's play. Taganka Theater. 7 p.m.

MT Pick The Seagull (Chaika): Yury Butusov stages a comedy based on Chekhov's play about conflicting generations of Russian actors and writers. Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

Triptych: Pyotr Fomenko's three-part staging of Pushkin's "Count Nulin," "The Stone Guest," and "A Scene From 'Faust' by Goethe." Fomenko Studio New Stage small hall. 7 p.m.

Two in Your House (Dvoye v Tvoyem Dome): Yelena Gremina's documentary play about KGB agents living in the apartment of a Belarus presidential candidate being held under house arrest. Directed by Mikhail Ugarov and Talgat Batalov. Teatr.doc. 8 p.m.

Uncle Vanya (Dyadya Vanya): Andrei Konchalovsky's staging of Anton Chekhov's play. Mossoviet Theater. 7 p.m.

New Uncle's Dream (Dyadyushkin Son): Dostoevsky's novella dramatized by Yekaterina Granitova. Mayakovsky Theater. 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 9th

Babushki: Svetlana Zemlyakova's documentary play based on interviews with inhabitants of Siberian villages. Praktika. 8 p.m.

Berlusputin: Varvara Faer adapts Dario Fo's play "L'Anomalo Bicefalo" in which half of Silvio Berlusconi's brain is seemingly transplanted into Vladimir Putin's head. Stars Yevdokia Germanova and Sergei Yepishev. Teatr.doc. 7 and 9 p.m.

Cloture de l'Amour (Closing of Love, Predel Lyubvi): Pascal Rambert stages his play with Yevgenia Dobrovolskaya and Andrei Kuzichev. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater Novaya Stage. 7 p.m.

New Funny Dream: (See Sat. listing.) Platforma at the Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art. 7 p.m.

Gibraltar: Konstantin Mishin stages a movement show about male-female relationships, set to music by Erik Satie. School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m.

Killer Joe: Javor Gardev's staging of Tracy Letts' black comedy about a highly disfunctional family and a corrupt policeman who enters their midst. Theater of Nations. 7 p.m.

Ladies' Dressmaker (Damsky Portnoi): Alexander Ogaryov directs Georges Feydeau's comedy. Pushkin Theater. 7 p.m.

MT Pick Rothschild's Fiddle (Skripka Rotshilda): Kama Ginkas directs his own adaptation of the Chekhov short story about an aging man tormented by the losses life brings. Theater Yunogo Zritelya. 7 p.m.

New Sister Nadezhda: (See Sat. listing.) Tabakov Theater. 7 p.m.

New Snow (Sneg): Alexander Gordon stages an existential comedy based on his father Garri Gordon's novella. Contemporary Play School. 7 p.m.

New The Aliens: (See Sat. listing.) Pushkin Theater affiliate. 7 p.m.

New The Biggest Little Drama (Samaya Bolshaya Malenkaya Drama): A provincial actor and a prompter talk about theater. Rodion Ovchinnikov's new staging starring Vladimir Andreyev and Valentin Gaft. Yermolova Theater. 7 p.m.

MT Pick The Schooling of Bento Bonchev (Klass Bento Boncheva): Mikhail Ugarov directs Maksym Kurochkin's play about a young man in the future who does not believe love or sex ever existed. Playwright and Director Center. 8 p.m.

MT Pick The Seagull: (See Sat. listing.) Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

New Three Sisters (Tri Sestry): Andrei Konchalovsky's production of Chekhov's story about three sisters who live with the faint hope of escaping the deadly atmosphere of their provincial town. Mossoviet Theater. 7 p.m.

New Vassa Zheleznova: Yury Klepikov directs Maxim Gorky's play about the forces destroying a traditional Russian family. Dzhigarkhanyan Theater. 7 p.m.

Woe From Wit — Woe to Wit — Wit's Woe (Gore Ot Uma — Gore Umu — Gore Uma): Yury Lyubimov's staging of the classic Griboyedov comedy. Taganka Theater. 7 p.m.

Monday, December 10th

A Rustic Anecdote (Derevensky Anekdot): The inhabitants of a Russian village go in search of the Russian national idea. Kirill Vytoptov's staging based on Vsevolod Benigsen's novel. Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

Chyo: a contemporary love story directed by Marat Gatsalov. Teatr.doc. 8 p.m.

Figaro: Kirill Serebrennikov's staging of Beaumarchais' witty play stars Yevgeny Mironov and Lia Akhedzhakova. Theater of Nations. 7 p.m.

He Was a Titular Counselor (On Byl Titulyarny Sovetnik): Anatoly Goryachev's one-actor show based on Gogol's story "The Diary of a Madman." Fomenko Studio. 7 p.m.

New Krechinsky's Wedding (Svadba Krechinskogo): Viesturs Meiksans' staging of Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin's satire. Preview. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater. 7 p.m.

The Death of Tarelkin (Smert Tarelkina): Alexei Kazantsev's production of Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin's farce. Playwright and Director Center production. Vysotsky Center. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 11th

Autumn Sonata (Osennyaya Sonata): Yekaterina Polovtseva stages Ingmar Bergman with Marina Neyolova and Alyona Babenko in the leads. The story of a celebrated classical pianist who is confronted by her neglected daughter. Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

New Commonplace (Obychnoye Delo): Vladimir Ivanov stages a comedy by Ray Cooney. Vakhtangov Theater. 7 p.m.

New Krechinsky's Wedding: (See Mon. listing.) Chekhov Moscow Art Theater. 7 p.m.

New Romeo and Juliet: Konstantin Raikin's new version of the Shakespeare tragedy. Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

Shosha: The story of a writer living in Warsaw's Jewish quarter before World War II. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel. Theater of Nations. 7 p.m.

MT Pick The Death of a Giraffe (Smert Zhirafa): Dmitry Krymov directs seven monologues about loneliness. School of Dramatic Art and Territory Festival joint production. Project Otkrytaya Stsena. 7 p.m.

MT Pick The Marriage (Zhenitba): Mark Zakharov stages an all-star version of Nikolai Gogol's classic comedy. Lenkom Theater. 7 p.m.

New The New Sorrows of Young W. (Noviye Stradaniya Yunogo V.): Mikhail Barkhatov's adaptation of Ulrich Plenzdorf's novel that tells the story of a young man, who wants to escape from his small middle-class environment. Preview. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater small stage. 7 p.m.

New The Wife (Zhena): Mikhail Stankevich's stage composition based on Chekhov's short story. Tabakov Theater. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12th

Alaska: Mikhail Ugarov directs Gibran Ramirez Portela's play about love, friendship and death. Teatr.doc. 8 p.m.

Coriolanus (Koriolan): Igor Yatsko's 5-hour production of the Shakespeare drama. School of Dramatic Art. 7 p.m.

Miss Julie: Mikhail Durnenkov's adaptation of August Strindberg's drama of sexual and class conflict is set in contemporary Russia. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Stars Chulpan Khamatova and Yevgeny Mironov. Theater of Nations. 7 p.m.

Notes of a Russian Traveler (Zapiski Russkogo Puteshestvennika): Yevgeny Grishkovets' play about the comic adversarial relationship between two men. Stars Vasily Bochkaryov and Vladimir Steklov. Contemporary Play School. 7 p.m.

Old-World Landowners (Starosvetskiye Pomeshchiki): Mindaugas Karbauskis' sometimes precious, sometimes moving staging based on Gogol's tale about an old Ukrainian couple. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater Novaya Stage. 7 p.m.

New Romeo and Juliet: (See Tues. listing.) Satirikon Theater. 7 p.m.

Tartuffe: Moliere's play about a pious hypocrite taking over a meek family. Directed by Yury Lyubimov. Taganka Theater. 7 p.m.

The God of Carnage (Bog Rezni): Sergei Puskepalis directs Yasmina Reza's play about two pairs of parents brought into contact by their sons' altercation while playing. Sovremennik Theater. 7 p.m.

The Marriage of Figaro (Zhenitba Figaro): a booming, musical version of Beaumarchais' witty play about a commoner who wants to marry his master's servant girl and encounters numerous adventures along the way. Lenkom Theater. 7 p.m.

New This is Me Too (Eto Tozhe Ya): A staging based on interviews with young people from 16 to 20. Praktika. 8 p.m.

and Beyond…

New Almost. Meine (Pochtigorod): Sergei Golomazov stages John Cariani's play composed of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical place. Sovremennik Theater. Dec. 13, 14, 23 and 31, 7 p.m.

New As You Like It (Kak Vam Eto Ponravitsya): Dmitry Krymov's staging based on the play-within-the-play in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." School of Dramatic Art. Dec. 13, 14 and 16, 7 p.m.

New Funds From Inheritance: (See Thurs. listing.) Satire Theater. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

New Lies for Salvation: (See Thurs. listing.) Lenkom Theater. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Life is Grand (Zhizn Udalas): Pavel Pryazhko's play about people struggling to live and love in an alcoholic haze, as staged by Viktor Alfyorov. Praktika. Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Miss Julie: (See Wed. listing.) Theater of Nations. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

New Nocturne: Kama Ginkas stages Adam Rapp's highly acclaimed play, in which a 32-year-old writer recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart. Theater Yunogo Zritelya. Dec. 13 and 14, 7 p.m.

Shaga: Marguerite Duras' tragicomedy observes a man and two women sorting out their relationships. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater Novaya Stage. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

The Blue Monster: (See Thurs. listing.) Satirikon Theater. Dec. 13, 28 and 29, 7 p.m.

New The Maternal Field (Materinskoye Pole): a movement staging based on Chingiz Aitmatov's story. Pushkin Theater affiliate. Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

La Grande Magia: (See Fri. listing.) Pushkin Theater. Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

New R.R.R.: Yury Yeryomin's version of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." Mossoviet Theater. Dec. 14 and 22, 7 p.m.

The Girl and the Revolutionary: (See Fri. listing.) Praktika. Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

The Venetian Twins (Venetsianskiye Bliznetsy): Carlo Goldoni's comedy as staged by Paolo Emilio Landi. Taganka Theater. Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Demons: (See Sat. listing.) Vakhtangov Theater. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Hidden Perspective (Skrytaya Perspektiva): Yevgeny Arye directs Donald Margulies' play "Time Stands Still," about two war journalists who find their ambitions and beliefs are pulling them apart. Sovremennik Theater. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

New Pagans (Yazychniki): Yevgeny Kamenkovich stages Anna Yablonskaya's family drama. Yermolova Theater. Dec. 15 and 16, 7 p.m.

MT Pick The Theater of Medea (Teatr Medei): Oksana Mysina performs a one-actress show based on Klim's play about two actresses rehearsing the role of Medea. School of Dramatic Art. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

New The Hunting of the Snark (Okhota na Snarka): Kirill Serebrennikov stages Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem that describes the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature. A Seventh Studio production. Platforma at the Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art. Dec. 21, 22 and 23, 8 p.m.

MT Pick The Seagull: (See Sat. listing.) Satirikon Theater. Dec. 22 and 23, 7 p.m.

New Romeo and Juliet: (See Tues. listing.) Satirikon Theater. Dec. 25 and 26, 7 p.m.