Lincoln Center Festival's international program brings this tragic tale of two trains in love inspired by Georgian folk song and told through marionettes.
Ramona takes place in the small railway station of Rioni, where the romantic title character, a shunting engine only able to move 300 meters each way, waits for her heroic locomotive Ermon to return from his journey across the railroads of Russia. The past can never be brought back and can never be recaptured, and the real world tramples on romantic love.
"Borrowing from Russian theater heavyweights like Gogol, Mayakovsky and Andreyev, 'Ramona' has its stalls and sputters — some repeated scenes, some indifferent clowning. Yet marvels abound....All aboard!"
"The arc of the narrative—with its sometimes wild twists and turns—climaxes in the heartbreaking ends met first by Ramona and then by Ermon, all capped by an apotheosis-like denouement...This is a production that would require multiple viewings for English speakers to grasp all the nuances."
"Gabriadze insists that his theatre is for adults and that each of his shows addresses complex philosophical issues – although this does not prevent the onstage inclusion of a talking flashlight or a chattering chicken...'Ramona' is a show about how the past can never be brought back and can never be recaptured, and how the real world tramples on romantic love."