“ For a long time I have not held Beaumarchais, Goldoni, Lope de Vega, or Moliere as merry people. All the performances I have seen in different theaters over the past four years, since my audience's theatrical activity has increased, and there have been: the Tartuffs of the Pushkin Theater and the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, and the School of Wives at Fomenok and in Tabakov's studio, and the Imaginary Patient, The Valencian Widow, the New Apartment - in Vakhtangov, and the Carnival Joke for the Innkeeper in my beloved South-West - and so, nowhere did the "comedies" seem funny to me. She attributed it to the difference in the perception of humor between us modern, with the audience for which the famous comedians wrote. But today I was laughing. She laughed, slipping from an armchair in the hall, on Moliere ... And the Satyricon Theater named after Arkady Raikin gave me this joy, Konstantin Raikin staged with his troupe "Scapen's Rogues". Heroes, the same as Moliere's. And the action does not diverge from the plot, but so many funny pantomimes have been pushed in, such color and dialect have been given to the heroes that it is a pleasure to watch. Comrade-comrade, hurt my wounds, hurt my wounds deep. What is it? - you ask. This is the main theme of Scapena. He was once at odds with the law, so prison folklore is his. And the daughter of Argante, stolen and raised by the gypsies, opens the doors to the stage with gypsy motives. All this mixture of old French melodrama, crime chronicle, rap and tabor - creates an explosive fuse. And it smolders and smolders until the final explosion. I would only shorten it a little in the place where Scapin decides to hit Geronte with punches. Rather, he does not decide, but embodies his intention into action (the scene seemed a little drawn out, it’s tiring to laugh for so long). The result is one of those performances to which you want to jump up and drag your friends by the sleeve. Many thanks to the theater for the brilliant production. And of course I write down Satyricon to myself in the next Wishlist. I am completely unfamiliar with their repertoire, there is room for broadening my horizons.
“ We were with my wife on October 31. We go and read Moliere with pleasure. Unexpectedly, this production did not impress Moliere's comedies. It looks more like a parody, with integrated modern scenes and very meager scenery, in black and white. For an amateur!
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