Actors: Olga Prokofieva, Dmitry Prokofiev, Tatyana Orlova, Valery Garkalin, Vitaly Lensky, Lyudmila Solovyova, Igor Marychev, Natalya Filippova, Yuri Korenev
The play “Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better” was written by Ostrovsky in 1876 specifically for the benefit performance of his friend - actor Nikolai Muzil - as an everyday comedy. She remains so today.
Quiet Zamoskvorechye. Aromatic fruits are poured in apple orchards. So I want love to young hearts. But so many things do not fit into the merchant's concepts of happiness and nobility, truth and honor, freedom and dignity! .. Is it really necessary to wait for a happy occasion to reunite with your loved one? Or maybe everything will change a secret well-wisher?
Imperious old woman Mavra Tarasovna, mother of the Moscow merchant Amos Panfilovich Baraboshev, is looking for her granddaughter Poliksena groom-general. But the girl loves the clerk Platon Zybkin, an honest and poor guy. Amos Panfilovych with the clerk is plotted against Plato. Plato faces a debt prison. But it’s not in vain that the good nanny Poliksen, who decided to help the lovers, has the corresponding name - Filitsata, which means “happiness”. Through her diligence, a new watchman appears in the house - a retired non-commissioned officer Sila Erofeevich Groznov, the love of previous years of Mavra Tarasovna. Frightened by his appearance, the merchant agreed to everything - she takes her son and clerk out into the open, destroys Plato's bill and allows her granddaughter to marry him.
Ostrovsky tells us a funny, funny, sentimental and wise story about the apple orchard, truth and happiness. Of course, no one argues - the truth is one. But each person has his own truth, which for him is in some way undeniable and holy. And, most often, the truth is in happiness! And that in our souls is the ability to be happy.