Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre brings German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue to BAM. Performed in Russian with English titles.
Ferdinand, played by Danila Kozlovsky is the son of a high-ranking courtier, forced to marry Lady Milford in order to cement his family’s position at court. Instead, he falls for Louise, the daughter of a middle-class musician, and the resulting stream of insidious plots, legal injustices, and deadly misunderstandings exposes all the horrors wrought by politics in the name of idealism.
See it if You are a fan of the Maly Drama Theatre. Otherwise, I found it very slow and dated. The actors seemed to be trying their best though.
Don't see it if You want a play that has an engaging script. Something seemed to be missing. However, I did appreciate the set and the lighting.
See it if Never seen this Schiller play and really need to see it. If one has not seen the Maly Theatre from St Petersburg, guess that's a reason too
Don't see it if Terrible direction, so dragged out, not much happens. Probably a good play there but not this production.
See it if you enjoy extremely well-acted, "classic" theatre. It is a liberal/new version of Schiller's "Kabale und Liebe" that was visually lovely.
Don't see it if you hate supertitles, any changes to classic plays, minimal sets, or cannot sit for long periods of time. 2.25 hours. It was rough.
See it if You’d like to brush up on the modern Russian theater and see some of the current Russian theater and film stars.
Don't see it if Long, dated plays with a true but obvious message bore you
See it if For the actors and acting, to experience the director’s vision, Because you’ll want to/need to talk about it after
Don't see it if You can’t read super titles, need lots of scenery or want a happy ending.
See it if you'll see anything from Russia.
Don't see it if you have memories of the Maly Theatre Company's Brothers and Sisters. I have no idea why they did this. Wonderful actors with no play.
See it if You want to experience Russian theater in all of its quirk and glory. Serious acting chops bring a tragic story to life.
Don't see it if You are afraid of doing any lifting. Lots to be interpreted in this supertitled play. Classic German playwright + Russian company = quirky
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