APOLLO AMONG ACTORS
APOLLO AMONG ACTORS

 

Pál Mácsai has enjoyed a brilliant career as an actor, director, theater manager, and star of the HBO television series Therapy. To figure out what makes him tick, I sat down with Pál Mácsai (always a pleasure) in his office and tried my best not to fawn.

[This interview was conducted in Hungarian, then translated into English, which the subject had an opportunity to read over and correct. Since Mr. Mácsai and I share the same initials, I have adopted the pseudonym “Theatre ...

Roma Nymphomaniacs in Lit and on Stage
Roma Nymphomaniacs in Lit and on Stage

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Weörös’s Psyché at the National

Esterházy’s 17 Swans at FILC

 

Though the title may seem flippant, promiscuous young minority women have an impressive pedigree as heroines in Hungarian literature – no doubt partly on account of the prestige of their accomplished Hungarian male creators. When these figures are brought to the screen or to the stage – in the case of Sándor Weörös’s Psyché at the National and Péter Esterházy’s 17 Swans at Fischer Iván ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN JUNE 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN JUNE 2018

 

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Here is your guide to the performance options in June 2018.

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

 

Átrium Színház (Atrium Theater)

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever directors are ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MAY 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MAY 2018

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Here is your guide to the performance options in May 2018

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

 

Átrium Színház

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever directors are able to work around ...

LAST-MINUTE TIP
LAST-MINUTE TIP

 

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Leonard Bernstein’s Opera

A Quiet Place at Palace of the Arts

 

When the Neue Oper Wien (New Opera of Vienna) makes its occasional visit to Budapest, the company always brings something remarkable. Modern opera, of course, as their name implies. Not to everyone’s taste, but certainly never run-of-the-mill.

Tonight and tomorrow (April 9 and 10) at Palace of the Arts ( Művészetek Pálotája ), they will present Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place . There could hardly be ...

Attila the Hun: Noble Leader or Fearsome Foe?
Attila the Hun: Noble Leader or Fearsome Foe?

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Scourge of God at the National

 

Have you ever wanted to be on the stage of Budapest’s National Theater? Well, with the current production of Isten Ostora (Scourge of God), the nearly 3-hour adaptation of Miklós Bánffy’s original play about Attila the Hun, you finally get the chance.

We are seated onstage, sitting on four sides of the deep acting area with a rotating platform on one end, then a ramp and a torn cyclorama depicting the Colosseum on the other. At the ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN APRIL 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN APRIL 2018

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Here is your guide to the performance options in April 2018.

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

* = with English titles

 

Átrium Színház

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever ...

Responses to the Refugee Crisis
Responses to the Refugee Crisis

The interactive game Flee Wisely and Schubert’s Winter Journey

 

There is no doubt that the refugee crisis is part of the zeitgeist now when even productions of Ferenc Herczeg’s Byzantium (at Újszínház) and Offenbach’s The Rhine Fairies (at Erkel Theater) refer, albeit obliquely, to the issue. Two shows, however, tackle the issue head on while stretching the conventional boundaries of theatre itself. One is the interactive game Menekülj okosan! (or Flee Wisely) at Jurányi ...

A Doll’s House and the Art of the Bluff
A Doll’s House and the Art of the Bluff

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Two productions of Ibsen’s revolutionary play at Katona József Színház and Stúdio K

 

When Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, it was a revolutionary treatment of sexual relations (at that time, often referred to as “the woman question”). One critic called the point at which Nora leaves her husband and her children “the door slam heard round the world.” Evidently, the work’s impact continues to be felt. As the fight for sexual equality spreads to new ...

GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MARCH 2018
GUIDE TO PERFORMANCES IN MARCH 2018

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Here is your guide to the performance options in March 2018.

Entries are arranged by theater or venue.

 

Átrium Színház

 

This former cinema retains its classy, nostalgic interior, and there is a great buffet with tasty cakes, coffee, and drinks. Still, expect steeper than usual prices (for the tickets, too). The stage was never remodeled. We are gazing at where the movie screen used to be, so the sight-lines are a little wonky. Clever directors are able to work around ...

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