Three weddings

by A. P. Cehov

Directed and set: Radu Câmpean

Costume: Mc Ranin
Foto: Mihaela Ene

Head of stage service: Mircea Macarie, Head of technical service: Iulian Scarlat, Stage manager: Alexandru Sandu, Lights: Oana Caibăr, Sound: Cătălin Buzea, Tailoring: Georgeta Brânzea, Workshops: Florin Diţescu, Florin Duţan, Adrian Stoichiță

Premiere: 3rd July, 2021, Main Hall
Duration: 1h (no interval)

“Silence … an idiot has been born.” (Platonov, A. P. Chekhov)
The moment of thought before action. That second in which the mirror will be put in front of us and we are waiting. Depths need truth when they are verbalized. The truth, in turn, needs people to guide its variables, to weave and unravel them. When irony makes common ground with metaphor in a philosophical context, Chekhov demonstrates his mastery. It is a bold experience that we have to go through on our own, at the same time with the Chekhov characters.
According to A. P. Chekhov, death lurks and threatens everywhere. But the mechanical aspect, the doll, will overlap with life. It is, in fact, an alienated world that, like us, tends to break through. The show presents a gallery of portraits that oscillate between realism and symbolism, containing the Chekhov knot.

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The Bear tells us the story of Mrs. Popova, a landlady, widow, but still young, who has a conflict with Smirnov, whom she barely knows. Always under the watchful eye of Luka, the lady’s butler, they end up falling in love with each other, Smirnov asking for her hand.

The Marriage Proposal presents before us the story of Lomov, a landowner interested in Natalia Stepanova’s hand. The two, rash characters, invariably end up arguing, whatever the subject. Ciubukov, the girl’s father, intervenes to calm the spirits, and everything ends in an optimistic key, and we will find out if Lomov and Natalia Stepanovna will crown their destinies.

The Wedding concludes the Chekhovian trilogy. Thus, the bride, a symbol of the trophy woman, present throughout the action in a doll’s box – a prison of the spirit, has a superior philosophy to the others. The show projects an alienated world of plastic souls. The characters are animated by a ferocious superficiality and egocentrism that follow only their own beliefs.

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Three Weddings, according to A. P. Chekhov, asks the characters to reveal not “why”, but “how” the actions took place, these relating strictly to assumed gestures and pronounced words, intuitions and superstitions. The show manages, without resorting to psychological explanations, to portray the common and individual soul of the characters, their fragility and anger. We don’t pull the trigger, not yet. The characters try and push this moment of death as far as possible. Their time, entangled in paintings. That’s all they can offer and they would like, in the caressed game, for us to be patient.
In fact, it is a dream around death, which has not yet come true.

THE BEAR
Antonia Ionescu
Radu Câmpean
Mircea Silaghi

THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
Cristina Dumitra
Liviu Cheloiu
Emanuel Bighe

THE WEDDING
Cristina Dumitra
Maria Nicola
Delia Lazăr
Ana Maria Carablais
Corneliu Jipa
Ilie Ghergu
Florin Georgescu
Cristian Olaru
Mircea Silaghi
Extras: Gheorghe Dima, Dan Georgescu

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