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December 4, 2021

Theatres, back with a bang this January

The Bucharest National Theatre tempts us on January 13, 14 and 15 with two special productions, “The Visit”, starring Maia Morgenstern and Mircea Rusu, and “The Man and His Old Crock”, starring Monica Davidescu and Ioan Andrei Ionescu – a complex drama, in which one pays with one’s life for their faults and death can be bought with cash, and a Romanian comedy, too rarely staged.

The Bulandra Theatre presents this week two of last year’s most celebrated productions, “Ivanov”, directed by Andrei Serban (on January 11 and 13, from 6.30pm) and “Bury Me Behind the Baseboard”, directed by Yuri Kordonskyi (on January 12 and 14, 6.30pm).

The January programme at the Metropolis Theatre kicks off with a national premiere, the long-awaited play in two parts “Angels in America”, directed by Victor Ioan Frunza. This will be the first time a complete version of Tony Kushner’s play is presented on a Romanian stage. Part I, “Millennium Ap­proaches”, is scheduled for January 14, while Part II, “Perestroika”, is to be presented on January 15, starring George Ivascu, Virginia Mirea, George Costin and Sorin Miron. After “Angels in America”, Metropolis has in store for us Horatiu Malaele’s latest production, “Lautrec at the Brothel”, a mesmerising tale, especially at a visual level, about one of the world’s most beloved painters.

Theatres outside Bucharest are also keeping the bar high this year. The latest Romanian production signed by Russian director Yuri Kordonskyi, “The Last Day of Summer”, opens this weekend (January 13-15) at the “Radu Stanca” Theatre in Sibiu, starring Marian Ralea and Ofelia Popii. The play “Eden”, directed by Cristi Juncu, opens at the same theatre on January 12.

“Hedda Gabler”, a brand-new production directed by Andrei Serban, starring Imola Kezdi, is in the last stage of rehearsals at the Magyar State Theatre in Cluj and is to open on January 20. The same theatre presents this month two other plays directed by Andrei Serban, “Uncle Vanya” and “Cries and Whispers”.

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