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All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station (HERE)

From 4 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Great acting, Edgy

About the show

In this loose adaptation of the first postmodern Russian novel by Venedik Yerofeyev, poet-drunkard Vienya traverses Moscow in an attempt to catch a train to visit his beloved in the distant suburb of Petuskhi. More…

Along the way, he is haunted by fantastic visions, and two mysterious women, seemingly determined to frustrate his plans. In the tradition of anti-theater and the works The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet, and Grotowski, "All Roads" rejects naturalistic forms of storytelling. Instead, a sequence of maniacal fever dreams explore Soviet life through the lens of Vienya’s troubled mind. The show was produced in a developmental run last spring. 

New York Theatre Wire

"The 70 minute performance takes us on a wild romp through the underbelly of Soviet-Russian life with all its horror and absurdities—the laughter gets stuck in our craw...Varda created a compact script that contains the rich dark tapestry of Soviet life as Erofeev wove it from the tatters of all-too human existence...all mixed with a keen sense of absurd humor and irony...The verbal and physical dexterity of the three actors...brings the dense text to life." Full Review

New York Theatre Wire

“This absorbing play is a throwback to the great days of Communist era unofficial theater...I loved the weirdness, I felt transported to a blackbox theater in Russia or Poland. I liked being there for 70 minutes. There's also a masterful comic impression of our contemporary populist leader that flows like satiric acid through the mouth of Elliot Morse. He stuns in his flexibility as an actor as does his chorus. This is a dramatic dark comedy I won't easily forget.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The poetic origins of the play were greatly felt throughout in both the language and the atmosphere the show created. I found myself locked on to every word that was spoken because I did not want to miss the next existential question thrown at me...The show lived in a sort of purgatory between a dream and reality...A surreal yet beautiful experience...A show that comes out of truth and how we all desire that in the world and in ourselves." Full Review

Front Row Center

"'All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station' could serve as a cautionary tale about alcohol abuse and is at its best when it plays with Vienya’s, and Russia’s, impressive alcohol use...Morse is excellent as the scared, drunk Vienya, moving in and out of lucidity and with a physical life that is natural, yet large enough for the stage...Directorially Varda could have played with Vallet and Duggan’s differences...The piece lacks a necessary primalness that would allow us to witness the play emotiona... Full Review

Feel of the real russia, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Ready for a heavy-set experimental play with the real feel of Russia- including lifeless despair, Vodka induced delirium and red scarves.

Don't see it if Not for everyone but worth seing anyway. There is no fairytale here, it's death-in-your-ear style. In that way the plot is well developed.

Avant garde odyssey of vodka soaked russian everyman is a real head trip, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're in the mood for a mind stretching nonlinear trip through the mind body and spirit of a Russian everyman seeking life's meaning.

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate being suspended for a little over an hour in a state of very compelling but opaque theatrical incantations. Stunning.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Good performances

See it if You are interested in experimental theater without a real, linear storyline or character development

Don't see it if You are not interested in experimental theater without a real, linear storyline or character development

Edgy, Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you really, REALLY like avant garde/experimental theatre

Don't see it if you need a clear plot line and well defines characters

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want a taste of Russian literature that presents a drunken-dreamlike state with young actors giving it their all with good light/sound.

Don't see it if you want a thoroughly enjoyable story - this is a different, at times loud, in-your-face type of theater that is not everyone's cup of tea.

Satirical / surreal / inventive adaptation, Excruciating 'dark eyes' solo-trumpeter, Perfect intimate black-box @ wrong venue, Minimalist set & props / great lighting-effects, Messy but worth experiencing

See it if you've never experienced inventive experimental avant-garde theater. It's def not for everyone, but worth stepping out of the box for it.

Don't see it if you expect a clear str8-forward linear story. Do your homework. This is str8-forward over-the-topness in full-force, full speed ahead.

Also I GOT it. I knew what I was getting myself into.... Read more Read less

Imagistic, Alcoholic, Dull, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in how one company channels the Eastern European theater avant-garde of the 1960s & 1970s for a new century.

Don't see it if you are expecting a dramatic plot, or even a memorable assemblage of stage pictures.

Also I’m old enough to have experienced the theater of both Grotowski & Kan... Read more Read less

Dead end road

See it if You love avant garde, experimental theater.

Don't see it if You get bored easily and are not very interested in politics. Out of the way theater which rarely satisfies.

Also The pre show music is absolute torture. I knew right then that this wo... Read more Read less

Profoundly bad & misguided, Excruciating, Great lighting

See it if Don't; needs too much work. More than just desire is needed to create political theatre of any kind. This may aspire but as is is nonsense.

Don't see it if You're a fan of Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski or Polish theatre in general; this effort doesn't come remotely close, even in spirit.

Also When a show's most interesting element is the brief view of an actor's... Read more Read less

Great acting, Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if lol. Props to the clearly extremely talented and good spirited actors who gave it their all despite everything.

Don't see it if you like theater

Also Pro-tip: when you get frustrated just close your eyes and pretend that... Read more Read less

Nonsensical, Insipid, Indulgent, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to see a take on contemporary political Avant Garde theater.

Don't see it if you want a linear story with cohesive plot lines.

Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You wanna support young, clearly talented actors who are stifled by a bad boring script and terrible directing.

Don't see it if This play is tired and boring.

Also Any play that casts women to play representations of a man's psyche is... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (6)