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Hypocrisy Unmasked
November 3, 2014   
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Warsaw’s Narodowy Theater is staging a new production of a play by Witold Gombrowicz, one of Poland’s greatest 20th-century writers, that dissects social conventions and hypocrisy.

Gombrowicz described his Ivona, Princess of Burgundia as a comedy and the play is essentially a parody of Shakespearean plays. Set at a royal court in a distant land, it tells the story of an unremarkable and quiet girl called Ivona. She becomes the wife of a prince, who marries her on a whim. Passive and indifferent, Ivona evokes a range of conflicting emotions in people around her, from hatred and aggression to guilt.

The Gombrowicz play studies the mechanisms that govern society, with a special focus on social conventions. Agnieszka Glińska, who directs the Warsaw production, aims to show what happens when a stranger enters a well-organized world and shakes things up. Rough around the edges, Ivona in Glińska’s production has the nerve to allow herself to make mistakes, be weak and imperfect. She irritates those around her, making them jealous and revealing how two-faced we all can be.

The sets for the Warsaw production were designed by Magdalena Maciejewska and the costumes by Agnieszka Zawadowska. The casts include Martyna Krzysztofik as Ivona, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Beata Fudalej and Marcin Hycnar.

Upcoming performances: Nov. 21, 22 and 23, 7 p.m.
Narodowy Theater, 3 Teatralny Sq., tel. 22 692-06-04
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