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A Search for Miracles and Adventure
March 27, 2013   
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Faith Healer, the latest production by the Dramatyczny Theater in Warsaw, premieres March 22. The play was written by Irish playwright Brian Friel, considered by some as one of the greatest living English-language dramatists.

The play tells the story of faith healer Frank Hardy, his wife Grace and stage manager Teddy. All three make a living staging shows during which Frank heals audiences. They spend years on the road visiting countless villages in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. After their long touring career ends, each of the three reminisces about the ups and downs of the life they shared.

“Faith Healer invites the audience to turn detective,” theater critic Charles Spencer wrote in Britain’s The Daily Telegraph. “All three characters basically tell the same story, which reaches its climax in a showdown in a remote pub in County Donegal, but the emphasis, the perspective and even the basic facts change dramatically in each version. We have to establish our own version of the truth, and analyze why the characters sometimes depart from it.”

According to Wawrzyniec Kostrzewski, who directs the Warsaw production, Faith Healer is a story of people looking for the meaning of life. “They are on a search for metaphysics, miracles and adventures, seeking to break away from a pigeonholed existence,” said Kostrzewski.

The three characters are played by Polish actors Adam Ferency (Frank), Marta Król (Grace) and Andrzej Blumenfeld (Teddy).

Faith Healer (Polish title Cudotwórca),
Next performance: April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Dramatyczny Theater, Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq.
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