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The (Death) LIFE of TARELKIN

 

short

Absurd comedy in two acts

Translated by János Elbert

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes with one intermission

Premiere: 28 October, 2011

 

Kandid Kastorovich Tarelkin is just a little cog-wheel in the Russian machinery of bureaucracy. His apartment is

full of bed-bugs, his boss is sucking his blood, his creditors are hanging on him like leeches. Therefore, Kandid Kastorovich decides to disappear from the world and organizes his own funeral. But his plan turns out badly and from then on only the horror of horrors is waiting for him -- he gets stuck in the big cog-wheels of the state police. The comedy of Sukhovo-Kobilyn written is 1869 is an impertinent social satire and a nightmarish vision of the power of the easily emboldened civil servant. The missing link between Russian realism and surrealism.

 

cast

 

 

MAKSIM KUZMICH VARRAVIN
CAPTAIN POLUTATARINOV the same person

ATTILA EPRES

KANDID KASTOROVICH TARELKIN
SILA SILICH KOPYLOV the same person

CSABA DEBRECZENY

ANTIOKH ELPIDIFOROVICH OKH, district police superintendent

JÓZSEF GYABRONKA

IVAN ANTONOVICH RASPLYUEV, assigned district constable

MILÁN VAJDA

LYUDMILA SPIRIDONOVNA BRANDAKHLYSTOVA, washwoman

KRISZTA BÍRÓ

MAVRUSHA, cook  

DIÁNA TAKÁCS NÓRA

FLEGONT EGORYCH POPUGAYCHIKOV, merchant

KRISZTA BÍRÓ

CHVANKIN landowner

DIÁNA TAKÁCS NÓRA

KRESTYAN KRESTYANOVICH UNMOEGLICHKEIT, physician

ZSOLT MÁTHÉ

PAKHOMOV caretaker

ISTVÁN FICZA

KROSSEYEVICH, policeman..

ZSOLT MÁTHÉ

SHATALA, policeman

ISTVÁN FICZA

 

And:

Five Office Clerks: KRISZTA BÍRÓ, JÓZSEF GYABRONKA, ZSOLT MÁTHÉ, MILÁN VAJDA, ISTVÁN FICZA.

Four Creditors: KRISZTA BÍRÓ, JÓZSEF GYABRONKA, ZSOLT MÁTHÉ, ISTVÁN FICZA

Three Children of Brandalhlystova: JÓZSEF GYABRONKA, ZSOLT MÁTHÉ, ISTVÁN FICZA

 

Set: Lili Izsák        Music: Árpád Kákonyi
Costume-mask: Fruzsina Nagy    Prompter: Zita Kanizsa
Dramaturg: Barbara Ari Nagy  Stage manager: József Kónya
Choreography: Zsófia Murányi       Assistant: Ariadne Érdi

 

 

Directed by PÁL MÁCSAI

reviews

 

The Örkény Theatre has started this season with a dazzling performance, and Imean the word dazzling literally – not just because suddenly no other word comes tomind. The large, raucous play, brimming with human personality, could bemore thanmere comedy.

Népszabadság – László Zappe

 

 

...even the tiniest role is filled with blood and life...

Élet és Irodalom – Tamás Koltai

 

The trump-cards in the Örkény Theatre’s undertaking are the actors in episodic roles. Playing several characters, they are always placed ormanage to tumble onto the best positions on the chess-board.

Kultúra.hu – Tamás Tarján

 

At the theatre where farces are played the best, a dangerous horror comedy was born.

Színház.net – Noémi Herczog

 

Let’s start with an acclamation: “Bravoooo...!” The actors are outbidding each other and themselves fromrole to role, and the theatrical romp only gets funnier.

Toptipp.hu –White elephant