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Death, Chopin and Black Humor
March 27, 2014   
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Death, Chopin and the modern world are the themes of new comedies at Warsaw’s Capitol Theater.

The first new production is a black comedy that takes on questions of life and death in a daring yet tongue-in-cheek manner. Written by Mikołaj Lizut and directed by Maciej Kowalewski, Tamta Pani (That Lady) explores attitudes to death in an era when contemporary mass culture has turned it into something almost embarrassing.

The protagonists in the play are Cytryn and Kaplica, two mortuary technicians who like to drink and are hardly ever sober. While at work, they engage in long discussions about death and the meaning of life. Death brings all kinds of people to their mortuary, the poor and the rich, the good-looking and the ugly, the good and the bad. These “guests” include a respected philosophy professor, a young female celebrity and a cynical politician who died after overdosing on virility pills. One night, the dead start to talk. Is this a manifestation of some supernatural power, or are the main characters just hallucinating from all the alcohol they have taken in?

This April, the Capitol Theater is also staging Open Chopin, a futuristic musical comedy with a twist about a parallel world in which Polish geneticists bring Frederic Chopin back to life. The brilliant classical composer finds himself thrown into the world of modern showbusiness. But when the tastes of the audience change and Chopin is no longer needed, television executives decide to get rid of him.

Upcoming performances:
Tamta Pani: April 26, 4 p.m., April 29, 7 p.m.
Open Chopin: April 4, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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