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.
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.
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.
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
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.