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On tender brainwashing (review of “A Man from Podolsk”)

Oskaras Koršunovas has once said that his theater is smaller than the Vilnius mayor’s secretary’s office. It’s been a while since I last visited the mayor, so it is probably true, but this compactness only adds authenticity to Koršunovas’ latest premiere A Man from Podolsk. When you’re afraid to stretch your legs so that dancing Serioga doesn’t trip, when a Russian policeman who keeps walking back and forth suddenly bends down and starts peering straight into your eyes and asking questions, you get knocked off balance and feel like agreeing with everything.

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The Wedding: a hysterically endured celebration

The Wedding, based on the one-act play A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht, has been produced together with the young actors, former students of Koršunovas, who have only recently completed their Bachelor’s studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

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UNDER ICE (dir. Arturas Areima) at Fringe Festival (4 stars review)

Lithuanian director Arturas Areima mounts an adaptation of Falk Richter’s play of the same name, Under Ice. If these names ring obscure, fear not: know that Areima is a brilliant director with a spirited cast of performers and Richter’s words manage to make an impact.

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A few impressions of “Cleansed”, the latest production of O. Koršunovas

The latest production of Oskaras Koršunovas, “Cleansed”, based on the play of the same name by S. Kane surprises not so much with its violence or brutality, the topic most commonly discussed in reviews of the play’s work-in-progress, but with the courage and depth of the issues it raises. The viewer is forced to restructure what for centuries was fundamentally considered a European identity.

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“Cleansed” by Oskaras Koršunovas – in Love and Dirt

The goal of the play was not to tell a coherent story, but to spit out the inner dirt from the darkest depths of the soul and ask questions about the internal filth of each spectator – hence the name of the play. Or, rather, it is about radical defilement in order to become clean.

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Post-mortem of an entertainment theater – OKT “Cleansed”

The era that OKT once bypassed caught up with its children – the young generation of actors who chose this play themselves. And although I’m always a bit nervous when I go to see plays created by young actors, I will steal thunder from other skeptics – no other generation of actors could ever give such a sensitive rendition of “Cleansed”.

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OKT’s Hamlet is back with its touches of genius

Few in China had heard of Oskaras Korsunovas Theater, or OKT in short, when the Lithuanian troupe first presented Hamlet as part of the mammoth Theater Olympics festival in late 2014 in Beijing.