Nine performances participated in the contest. An expert council of five people (critics from Moscow, Kazan, Samara, Krasnodar and one actor, director from Nizhny Novgorod) chose them from 109 entries.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Director of the Comedy Theater Dmitry Konovalov announced a special award: “For the courage to turn a tragedy into a comedy and for showing determination to overcome difficulties on the way to our festival” received the Youth Drama from Novosibirsk “First Theater “, which showed the play “Romeo and Juliet” based on the play W. Shakespeare directed by Alexei Zolotovitsky (Moscow).
The Audience Award was awarded to the play “Let’s go to Unalashka” by the Russian Drama Theater of Udmurtia (Izhevsk). 91.7% of viewers voted for him. It was staged by director Nikita Trofimov, based on the story by Anna Dyer, it is aimed at both children and adults, for the whole family.
Before the presentation of the awards, the chairman of the jury – director, professor of GITIS Mikhail Chumachenko said: “We had no passions in the team. There was a whole group of performances that appealed to this or that audience. But no matter what decision we let’s take, there will be some dissatisfied…”
The program included four performances based on Shakespeare’s works. The diploma “For the search for a new theatrical language” went to the performance of the chief director of the Nizhny Novgorod Youth Theater Alexei Logachev “Much Ado About Nothing.” It has a new translation made especially for the theater.
The Moscow Jewish Theater “Shalom” presented the play “Monya Tsatskes the standard-bearer”. Photo: Festival “Comedy-fest”.
The Moscow Jewish Theater “Shalom”, which presented the play “Monya Tsatskes, the Standard Bearer”, received a diploma with the text “For the laughter that makes us wiser and stronger”. This is a production by artistic director Oleg Lipovetsky based on the story of the famous Jewish writer Ephraim Sevela.
The Grand Prix and the diploma for “Best Performance” went to “A Night of Mad Love” based on Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Krasnodar Youth Theatre, directed by Daniil Beznosov.
On the screen there are videos taken during these days. The audience is asked questions: Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” – is it a tragedy or a comedy?” (Such a question arose after the hooligan performance of the Siberians, which defined the genre as an action-packed detective story ); What Did you laugh at today’s performance? What qualities should a director who puts on a comedy have? “When was the last time you laughed? What made you laugh? What comedies do you like?
The festival was completed by special guests from Moscow – the Taganka Theater with a production of Yuri Muravitsky “The Cherry Orchard. Comedy”. With Irina Apeksimova as Ranevskaya.
The Taganka Theater showed the performance of Yuri Muravitsky “The Cherry Orchard. Comedy”. Photo: Festival “Comedy-fest”.
The festival is run by the Nizhny Novgorod Comedy Theater, which exists within the framework of a genre and has set itself the task of exploring comedy in all its manifestations.
By the way
In addition to screening the performances and discussing them with the members of the jury and the spectators, the festival had an educational program: master classes “Proposal of circumstances as a way of existence of the actor in the genre of comedy” and “Personal brand of the actor. -presentation”, training “Skill of stage speech”, discussion on the topic “Comedy today: the development of theater and genre”.