June 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“Mercurially brilliant import from Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre.”
The Guardian (UK)
“A tragic farce, a sad commedia dell’arte turned to our days whirling to the sounds of Khachaturian Waltz.”
“It is a fast-moving, snowy and avid performance, if avidity means the burning desire for passion.”
The Theatrical Magazine
The legendary Vakhtangov Theatre from Moscow returns with the production that will sweep you off your feet and into a storm of intrigue, hidden truths, and heaps of snow.
Based on the writings of one of the most important Russian poets of the 19th century, Mikhail Lermontov, the tragifarce Masquerade uncovers the moralities of modern society where everyone wears a mask. Take a peek behind the curtain and discover scandalous love affairs and squandered opportunities; expose lies, reveal truths, and discover that words can kill. Literally.
Visionary Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas, adds his signature style to Masquerade. A sad Commedia dell’Arte with opulent costumes and entrancing music, all set against mysterious, snowy Saint-Petersburg. Often compared to Shakespeare’s Othello, Masquerade is a ruthless and ribald study of jealousy and pride within a gossip-ridden community, portrayed by a cast of Russia’s most celebrated actors. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.