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Activists urge a man to end his own life for a greater cause in Russian playwright Nikolai Erdman's 1928 dark comedy, censored in its time and now adapted and directed by Tim Eliot for Empirical Rogue.


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I made the mistake of seeing this based on a five star user review. Presumably from a,cast member. This was a clunky adaptation which didn't know if it was a drama, a slapstick farce or a satire but failed on all three counts in any case. It was much too ambitious an adaptation, in terms of cast size and convoluted plot to further estrange us with the experimental surprise elements in act two. It was such a shame, given a promising and interesting first half, that the cast made a fee clunky attempts to break down the fourth wall and in doing so lost the audience completely. Some very good acting and some quite poor acting from this overpopulated cast. I have no doubt I was part of a bad audience, and with any luck ok another night there will be a better response. But for 18 dollars i would hope for better. And believe me I wanted to like it.