Theatre company defends culture in dark times

JW3Reviewers like to believe we have power of influence, but those in Stalinist Russia had power of life and death: a bad write-up spelled doom for the subject. Yet their opinions could not contradict those of the ‘great leader’, and he had a worrying tendency to change his mind.

David Schneider’s riveting new play Making Stalin Laugh tells the tale of the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre, which, while battling for survival during the horrifying arbitrariness of Stalin’s purges, actually thrived creatively. It was lauded around the world, with Shostakovich calling Solomon Mikhoels’ Lear the best he’d ever seen.

But with that high profile and lavish state support comes enormous risk, backstage squabbles competing with an ever-present threat of annihilation.

Read my full Ham & High review here

This entry was posted in Journalism, Theatre and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.