The Storm Theatre Company presents a surreal journey into the imagination of the writer as mentally wrestles with the omnipotent subject of his drama; winner of the Olivier award for Best Play. More…
Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.
"'Collaborators' is an evocative look at the stronghold of tyranny through the lens of art...This production is luckily carried by Hodge's intriguing story and rich characters. When it comes to execution, Storm Theatre Company's production doesn't quite reach its full potential. 'Collaborators' wants to be much grander than it is...Storm Theatre Company went the simple route with the production. And it didn’t quite suit the play." Full Review
"As they race through short scenes that are meant to overlap but do not, they have little opportunity to make more than an impression of a character in each vignette. The performances are uneven, but they do all find moments in which to shine...Act I is too long, and pace feels frenetic even as the story begins to drag." Full Review
"The stakes didn't seem high at all to begin with, making Bulgakov's change of heart devoid of value. The turning point happens all to quickly, leaving us little to no time to feel his anguish. From that point on, both his physical and economical situation improve and so does that of those he loves...An entertaining play that balances wit and criticism as it gives us a privileged seat to the revelation of how principled a dissident voice can really be." Full Review
"Elements of 'Collaborators' are very appealing: Robin Haynes, as the secret police officer Vladimir is hilarious and complex and his character evolves intriguingly throughout the piece…Hodge’s play is cleverly written if a bit long-winded at times. Director Peter Dobbins has delivered the play as best he can, but there’s little he can do to save its two major flaws. First is a serious problem with relevance…And since we can’t easily connect, the play, at two hours plus, is overly long." Full Review
"Director Peter Dobbins is unable to inspire his uneven cast to provide the proper intensity or stylistic talents needed to enliven this difficult material. The production, running nearly two and a quarter hours—despite being announced as 90 minutes—is leaden and flatfooted; entrances, exits, and scene transitions are sloppy; and the mostly realistic approach provides little evidence of the satirical, nightmarish, even phantasmagorical humor demanded by the script." Full Review
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