The Yalta Game
From: Tuesday, 20th July 2010
To: Saturday, 24 July 2010
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An accountant holidays alone, leaving his wife and family behind in Moscow. While away he meets a young woman and they indulge in a brief affair. Back home they both find themselves obsessed by their encounter and meet again to embark on a self destructive path of duplicity, ecstasy and love. The Yalta Game is based on a theme in Anton Chekhov's The Lady with the Lapdog. Friel's expressive interpretation turns one of the best short stories ever written into a provocative piece of modern theatre.
22 July 2010
This neat little two-hander by Brian Friel concisely demonstrates the influence of Anton Chekhov on English language writers, on whose short story The Lady With the Dog the piece is based. Dmitry Gurov (Jake Harders), holidaying Muscovite at the Black Sea resort town of Yalta in pre-revolutionary Russia, meets a pretty young stranger Anna Sergeyevna (Kirsty Mann).
He introduces her to the "Yalta Game" – a people-watching pastime where the players invent the lives of their fellow promenaders and coffee drinkers. The game takes an unexpected turn for Dmitry, an experienced seducer, and Anna, whose loving husband awaits her return, when their initial liaison blossoms into love that leaves an indelible mark.
Director Frances Loy has kept it simple for what is essentially a pair of monologues, occasionally interspersed. A few chairs as café, train, and waterfall wisely focusing our attention on the piece’s fascinating psychological forays a...
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