“On the sparse set (a dilapidated window wall stage right, shabby ’70s furniture and a big white abstract painting upstage), things are happening, people are rushing back and forth. You’d almost think they were improvising, these vivacious actors—whose strong accent adds another layer of strangeness—are so natural and spontaneous.” Mathieu Perez, Le Canard enchaîné
- ≈ 2 hours and 10 minutes · No intermission
*** ENGLISH SURTITLES FRIDAY APRIL 13 ***
A Cerisaie full of charm, zest and youth, created and confidently performed by the effervescent Belgian company tg STAN. A Cerisaie peppered with jokes and asides that speaks to each of us, here and now, and moves right along!
Far from presenting a nostalgic recreation of Russia in 1904, the theatre collective tg STAN restores a refreshing vitality and acerbity to Chekhov’s iconic tale. Though the central themes—the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of a new entrepreneurial class—are the same, the Belgian troupe brings an innovative and engaging approach to the Russian playwright’s final work: the sparse, multifunctional set, modern-day costumes, authentic performances, and ferocious humour are overlaid with a keen sense of tragedy.