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From Zombie Jews to Chekhov
March 27, 2014   
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Warsaw’s Dramatyczny Theater is this month staging two very different plays: a play about zombie Jews, and a classic drama by Chekhov.

The first play, Noc żywych Żydów (The Night of the Living Jews), is a stage adaptation of a novel of the same title. Written by Igor Ostachowicz, the novel won Poland’s most important literary award, the Nike. The production at the Dramatyczny Theater is directed by Marek Kalita and Aleksandra Popławska. The protagonist is an ordinary, if somewhat jaded, middle-class Warsaw resident in his thirties. He and his girlfriend share an apartment in Warsaw’s Muranów neighborhood, which, in fact, is a huge burial ground for thousands of Jews who perished in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto decades ago. One day, the protagonist comes into possession of a mysterious talisman, a silver heart that went missing before the war. Designed to protect Jews from evil, the artifact becomes a coveted item for zombie Jews who crawl out of a dark void through the basement of the building where the main characters live.

The Dramatyczny Theater is also staging a new version of Anton Chekhov’s classic drama Three Sisters, directed by Małgorzata Bogajewska. The three titular Prozorov sisters Olga, Masha and Irina, live a tedious life in the provinces, reminiscing about happier times in their beloved former home in Moscow. They spend their days longing for love, affection and a meaningful occupation. They want to be independent, explore the world and socialize with people with whom they can have an inspiring conversation. Meanwhile, the only kind of entertainment they ever get are visits from soldiers from nearby barracks. The sisters gradually lose themselves in a world of dreams and tragedy becomes inevitable.

M.R.

Upcoming performances:
The Night of the Living Jews: April 4, 26 and 27, 7 p.m.
Three Sisters: April 14, 7 p.m.
Dramatyczny Theater, G. Holoubek Stage
Palace of Culture, 1 Defilad Sq.
Tickets: tel. 22 656-68-44, kasa@teatrdramatyczny.pl
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