Bulgakov/Moliere: Satire of Stalinist Russia
COMP - $12.50*
This new satirical fantasy finds characters from Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's savage satire on Stalinist Russia, The Master and Margarita, paying an eerie midnight visit to their creator. A famed playwright in 1920s Moscow frustrated by state censorship, Bulgakov has his bio-play on Moliére banned by the authorities, and Satan and his entourage have escaped from the pages of his novel to perform the work themselves. Dubbed The Cabal of Hypocrites, the play-within-a-play skewers both Stalin's Soviet Union and today's vicious partisan politics, as well as the culture of celebrity. City Garage stages this world premiere adaptation of Bulgakov's Moliere by Charles A. Duncombe.
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The last date listed for Bulgakov/Moliere was Sunday June 1, 2014 / 5:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
- “…a shrewd piece of writing that’s irresistibly stimulating and funny. Equal credit goes to a superlative ensemble and to the director, Michel, for bold, imaginative direction.” —Stage Raw
- “The show is whip smart and blessed with sumptuous production design, a wicked sense of humor and excellent principal players. As Molière, George Villas captures the artist intent on lampooning buffoons who’s here rendered both ridiculous and tragic by his passion for a young woman who (gulp) might also be his daughter.” —Jenny Lower, LA Weekly
- “Something of a grand synthesis of City Garage’s recent projects involving each playwright, this ambitious and handsome effort receives the full house trademark treatment under the direction of Frederique Michel, continuing to employ their well-attuned new digs at Bergamot as inspiration for more involved layers of action that can communicate greater dimension of themes. Following her singular theatrical vision adds nuance with each iteration of their variations on their established devices, always complemented by Duncombe’s felicitous set and lighting design.”—The Hollywood Reporter
- “Well you can’t fault City Garage for not being ambitious! Their latest world premiere is no less than epic. Under the banner Bulgakov/Moliere, company member Charles A. Duncombe has written a close to three-hour examination of state corruption, religious hypocrisy, gratuitous nudity, and for good measure the cowardice of the state.” —KCRW
This production contains nudity and limited use of water-based fog.