Nature vs. Culture
April 2, 2014
Operetta, a play by Polish novelist and playwright Witold Gombrowicz, opens at the Imka Theater in Warsaw April 5.
Directed by Mikołaj Grabowski, Operetta is one of the last dramas Gombrowicz wrote before he died in 1969. The play, which took him 15 years to write, blends the distinctive “divine idiocy” of operetta with pathos, passion and human drama.
The plot of the play spans the years between 1910 and the aftermath of World War II, centering on two aristocrats by the names of Firulet and Szarm, who are fascinated by a young girl called Albertynka. As fashion aficionados, the two rivals in love have their minds set on dressing the girl up, keen to lock her into a world of form. Albertynka, on the other hand, yearns to be naked and free. The plot thickens thanks to two small-time crooks, a revolutionary called Hufnagiel and a young fashion designer named Fior.
The play shows how people have always been entangled in a conflict between nature and culture and between freedom and conventions.
Upcoming performances: April 6, 24, 25, 26 and 27, 7 p.m.
Imka Theater; 6 Konopnickiej St.; www.teatr-imka.pl