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“New Khanuma”: we fly khinkali

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 01:03:19

Photo: Alexandra Torgushnikova

Wow, what a fun coincidence!

The first viewers saw the play “Avlabar, or New Khanuma” exactly when Russia announced the resumption of direct flights to Georgia.

Avlabar, for a moment, one of the oldest districts of Tbilisi. Translated, it means “a place without fences.”

Photo: Alexandra Torgushnikova

And the name “Khanuma” does not accidentally look vaguely familiar. Surely you have seen some old Soviet film or heard about the famous production of the play of the same name at the Tovstanogov Theater.

For the good old vaudeville director Victor Kramer was engaged. This is the third production of him at the Moscow Art Theater. Chekhov. He invited Irina Pegova to the role of Khanuma (she played in the films of the TV series “Walk”, “Space as a Premonition”, “Food Block”, “House Arrest”, etc.).

An unassuming old plot: a drunken 60-year-old prince decides to marry for a dowry. But by chance, he turns down the services of Khanuma’s matchmaker. Oh, and he does it in vain, because Khanuma is a master of intrigue!

Photo: Alexandra Torgushnikova

Kramer approached the production as frivolously as possible (and thanks to him for that!). Khanuma appears on stage in a flying khinkali. Georgians dance a dance with kebabs. Music plays, and even a real rap battle between two matchmakers. The characters are joking, nothing terrible happens on the stage.

And everything ends, as it should be in a fairy tale, good!

Excellent scenery. Avlabar itself is shown as an island far from earthly problems, which is based on the good disposition of the inhabitants. But when a storm is brewing, it starts to wobble. The director insinuates between jokes and songs: this friendly world is very fragile, it must be protected…

Photo: Alexandra Torgushnikova

If you expect high drama, heavy feelings, and heartbreak from acting, you’re not here. But I am sure that the “New Khanuma” will find its audience. The one who is ready to laugh at any moment, enjoy life and taste fragrant Georgian dishes.

Personally, I have been humming a melody from the play “Live, our Avlabar” for many days and I really want to fly to Georgia!

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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