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A scene from the last production of the season by students in the Theatre Department, which got a rave review from Gazette drama critic Pat Donnelly.
Much of the credit goes to the Moscow-trained director, Alexandre Marine, who Donnelly says “could create a fascinating evening out of a telephone directory.”
In this case, the material was ideal for Marine: two short comedies by Alexandr Vampilov, who died in 1972 and is compared in Russia to Anton Chekhov. The first was An Incident with a Paginator, and the second, Twenty Minutes with an Angel.
Donnelly said, “A stunning coup de théâtre involving the descent of a portrait of Lenin heightens the sense of state-inflicted paranoia in Provincial Anecdotes. Set designer Sarah Hall’s modular cardboard-box hotel allows entire walls to be brought down with a kick or a punch.”