The performance was included in the program "Russian case" of the theatrical award "Golden Mask" this year, which was established for foreign critics and producers. This unexpected performance, out of habitual Viktyuk aesthetics, which stands apart from the director's departure from his theatrical manner in the direction of the parable and the actual "new drama", tells how the curator of the Russian Case program at the Golden Mask festival, Pavel Rudnev, writes about "A hidden, hidden secret resource of humanity, living in people and showing up in an extreme situation. <...> A paradoxical, incomprehensible, irrational will to survive, the hymn of which is sung today by director Roman Viktyuk. " A family who lives in isolation in a closed zone - the "exclusion zone" - after an ecological catastrophe, remains either to die, or to pray, or to love. And if people love each other, then no cataclysms that civilization thinks out are terrible. All abandoned, but clean and bright people remain faithful to their land, realizing that only it can save them. As Roman Grigorievich asserts, we need to know the world around us, trusting nature, and then at the beginning and at the end of time we will discover cruel and tender, wise and stupid, cynical and quivering, ugly ... and still such a wonderful world. Actor's work in the play "At the beginning and end of time" without exaggeration are powerful and expressive. The actors play piercingly, at the break, causing those fits of laughter to be sharply submitted by the worldly truth, then the inner stupor by the confession of their monologues, light and tragic at the same time.
"Kind people! Worship those who, in joy and in sorrow, have lived here and will never return here. " The family lives hard and sadly just ten kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It is high time for them to leave, but the grandmother, who is almost ninety years old, refuses to leave her home. And she collects fruits and berries, plants and collects potatoes, although this is prohibited. The fungi here glow with blue light, it can be seen that they are poisoned. She tells her daughter and her grandson incredible stories about blue alien humans, about the metro branch, which was secretly dug from Gorbachev from Kiev to Chernobyl. Her grandson gets acquainted with stalkers who come to the exclusion zone for exploration. They want to make money from tourists from Europe who dream of extreme trips to a dangerous zone. They tried to leave the danger zone in the Crimea, but there their life did not work out. Therefore, they had to return home. But here there is no joy and rest for them. "Sho's done, done, you will not turn back." We can not get used to any life. The catastrophe at the nuclear plant crashed us to the nines. "
If you go to the theater to take a break from everyday life and the surrounding routine, then this performance is not for you. Here you will be taken by the scruff of your neck and stuffed into the dirt to the ears, forced to look at the scum, and all this will be spiced up with a feeling of hopelessness. This performance is not for you if you do not like to leave the theater with a feeling of disgust. This performance is not for you if you prefer a good mood of melancholy. If you like the feeling of pseudo-intellectual congestion a la an intellectual of the Soviet poshiba or depressive psychosis gives pleasure - you will like the action.