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All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station (HERE)

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

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. 


Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Great acting

60
Ambitious, Dull, Alcoholic, Imagistic

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

65
Messy but worth experiencing, Minimalist set & props / great lighting-effects, Perfect intimate black-box @ wrong venue, Excruciating 'dark eyes' solo-trumpeter, Satirical / surreal / inventive adaptation

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

55
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


October 15th, 2018
"'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 natura...
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October 15th, 2018
"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-...
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October 19th, 2018
"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...
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October 16th, 2018
“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 f...
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