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Fresh Take on Fredro
December 30, 2014   
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A new play at Warsaw’s Narodowy Theater is both a tribute to and a fresh, contemporary take on 19th-century Polish dramatist Aleksander Fredro.

Widely regarded as Poland’s greatest writer of comedies, Fredro portrayed Poles, their morals and shortcomings with spot-on precision. The title of the new production, Fredraszki, is a play on both Fredro’s name and on the Polish word for epigram. It is directed by Jan Englert, who wrote Fredraszki together with Tomasz Kubikowski.

Fredro is portrayed here as an aging writer who, due to hostile reviews, has become silent and melancholic. In a surprisingly candid way, he reflects on life and human nature, talking to characters from his own plays. The subjects they discuss include differences between young and old people, betrayal, love and its power to drive human behavior. Fredraszki draws on themes from Fredro’s plays, showing how the same quarrels and arguments happen in contemporary times. Witty and amusing, the play toys with theatrical conventions and is packed with conversations about sex.

The sets for the show were designed by Barbara Hanicka and the music was written by Maciej Małecki. The cast includes Jan Englert, Beata ¦cibakówna and Krzysztof Wakuliński.

MR

Upcoming performances: Jan. 9, 10 and 11, 7 p.m.,
Jan. 24 and 25, 4 p.m.
Narodowy Theater; 3 Teatralny Sq.
Przy Wierzbowej Stage, entrance at 3 Fredry St.
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