Signal Ensemble Theatre
By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Ronan Marra
In East of Berlin, it has been seven years since Rudi left his family and its Nazi past behind him. Questioning redemption, love, guilt and the sins of the father, this play is a tour-de-force that follows Rudi’s emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own. Set amidst the doomed men and rotten ideals of Stalinist Russia, The Russian Play tells the story of a flower-shop girl who falls in love with a gravedigger - a bleak, bittersweet and darkly satiric ode to the dangerous joys of love.
"The play blew me away"
★★★½ - "Riveting and deeply affecting...It nearly pulls you all the way out of your seat"
"The cast of Fenderson, McGrath, and Keller...give Moscovitch's characters heart, humour, and a harrowing sadness"
"A pair of one-acts serves as a tantalizing Chicago calling card for Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch...Utterly Captivating"
"Billy Fenderson's slo-mo demolition as Rudi is riveting...equal parts funny and devastating"
"The cast is so charming"
Joseph Jefferson Award: Actress in a Leading Role (Melanie Keller)
Photos by Johnny Knight