This dramatic character study explores two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover Lilya Brik. More…
From the show:
The newest work from legendary poet/playwright and off-off Broadway pioneer Murray Mednick is a dramatic character study incorporating historical footage and photos to explore two distantly connected relationships: that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya, and of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his married lover and “muse” Lilya Brik.
See it if to see a study of the lives of several key figures in Stalinist Russia via a literate cautionary tale about the collision of art & politics.
Don't see it if you're not interested in Soviet Russian history; you require a linear storyline; you prefer visual spectacle to a loquacious play of ideas.
See it if You've always wanted to go to a show that was so boring you left during the intermission. Boring, confusing, lots of screaming. Uggh.
Don't see it if You don't leave during intermissions. I seriously considered listening to a podcast.
See it if I love this period of history and this could have been an opportunity to parallel current politics but bad acting, & long monologues
Don't see it if dragged down this blurry confused production. With the exception of the fabulous artwork and amazing wall projections,this was excruciating
See it if You're interested in well-acted historical plays and open to creative presentation.
Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of action or multiple set and costume changes. It's complex in its ideas, not in its staging (which is well done).
See it if You are a student of Soviet era art and politics and just can't get enough about them.
Don't see it if You have limited knowledge about and interest in Soviet era art and politics.
See it if you like narrated plays about historical people and how they interlock. Are interested in the effect totalitarians have on others.
Don't see it if you like a linear narrative or mind a lot a narration in general. Mind interlocking but not overlapping narratives.
See it if You enjoy excellent writing with a stellar cast supported by superb staging and lighting. An intelligent insight.
Don't see it if You are used to fluff and have no attention span.
See it if unusual and smart play, with excellent acting and production values and some good emotional scenes - but cerebral otherwise
Don't see it if conflict in concept: too much exposition (probably necessary but) overwhelming for a novice and primitive for someone who knows the period
See it if you are interested in Russian history/literature; would like to see some good acting in a small but intellectual piece.
Don't see it if You want a plot driven play or don't have a lot of patience for a rather slow production.
See it if you are a history buff and fascinated with the personal intrigues of historical figures.
Don't see it if If you are suffering from attention deficit issues, this play is wordy and erudite. You will lose the thread of the plot
See it if Stalin's wife repeatedly commits suicide in act I; Stalin ponders need for strong future; & Maykovsky fools himself. A mess.
Don't see it if you want to learn about Stalin or Mayakovsky. Wikipedia, flawed though it is, has more info on them & their cohorts than this play.
See it if Only if you must to support someone from the cast and she/he will not forgive you if you skip
Don't see it if Just love yourself and save 2 hours of your life by simply not going. You will not learn anything or see something worth seen
See it if Very disappointing play. I found it long, tedious and boring agreeing with most of the reviewers so far. The acting however was okay.
Don't see it if You're looking for a somewhat fast paced, cohesive, and understandable play.