One of the most acclaimed productions of its season, this enchanting three-character “silent movie opera” (based on Abram Room’s scandalous 1926 Russian film comedy) premiered at the Vineyard Theatre in New York, where it received an Obie award and seven Drama Desk nominations, including Best Musical. In Moscow, in 1926, a housing crisis rages. In a cramped apartment, Ludmilla, a put-upon housewife, lives in dreamy complacency with her cheerful despot of a husband, Kolya. When Kolya’s handsome comrade, Volodya, arrives from the country, but can find no lodgings, Kolya offers him their sofa. When Kolya returns early from a business trip, he is shocked to discover that Ludmilla and Volodya have become lovers. Kolya moves out, but there is still nowhere to live, so he reluctantly returns, taking the sofa, leaving Ludmilla and Volodya the bed. Kolya attempts to stall the new couple’s lovemaking with endless games of checkers, to Ludmilla’s growing frustration. The Village Voice called it, “Wonderful! A must see! So perfectly done it is almost unfair to the rackety hacks who infest our musical theater,” and the New York Times said, “A delight! First rate! A classy treat! A new work that both honors the original and gives it a sternly funny stage life of its own.”
Enjoy convenient and delicious dining in the Café at the Abdo New River Room starting 90 minutes prior to the performance and during intermission. With quick and easy walk-up service, the Café features sumptuous sandwiches, salads, snacks and desserts that you can bring to your table. A full cash bar is also available.
Contains adult language or content.
Performance dates and showtimes vary.