John Freedman

Opinion 2 months ago

The Show Trial of a Russian Theater Director (Op-ed)

The Show Trial of a Russian Theater Director (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 months ago

If it is not clear by now, let me say it in no uncertain terms: The Serebrennikov case is a show trial.

City 2 years ago

The Tragic Tale of a Comic Suicide

The Tragic Tale of a Comic Suicide

City 2 years ago

The premiere of Nikolai Erdman's tragicomedy "The Suicide" at the Yermolova Theater, a stone's throw from the Kremlin, means this classic Soviet-era play has never been so close to the source of ...

City 2 years ago

Director Dmitry Krymov's Beautiful, Very Russian Blues

Director Dmitry Krymov's Beautiful, Very Russian Blues

City 2 years ago

"Hunting for mushrooms is one of Russia's purest traditions, unlike fishing or hunting that involve alcohol or killing," Dmitry Krymov told me. "It's always a childlike or family thing, almost like a ...

City 2 years ago

A Revitalized Russian Classic at Gogol Center

A Revitalized Russian Classic at Gogol Center

City 2 years ago

Kirill Serebrennikov has a way of developing themes in a big way. He crowned his opening season at the Gogol Center in 2013 with a powerful trilogy of productions that updated and ...

City 2 years ago

Moscow's Teatr.doc Explores Tangled Relations in '24 Plus'

Moscow's Teatr.doc Explores Tangled Relations in '24 Plus'

City 2 years ago

Nothing less than the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah suggests that when societies go into decline, the populace escapes into sex. What else can you do? You might as well have ...

City 2 years ago

Fasten Your Seat Belts for a Bumpy Moscow Theater Season

Fasten Your Seat Belts for a Bumpy Moscow Theater Season

City 2 years ago

As we prepare for the new theater season, a note of alarm can be heard in the air.

City 2 years ago

26th Lyubimovka Festival Launches New Drama

26th Lyubimovka Festival Launches New Drama

City 2 years ago

It is called the Lyubimovka festival of young drama and, as everyone knows, youth is a state of mind.

City 2 years ago

The Russian Theater – What a Season It's Been

The Russian Theater – What a Season It's Been

City 2 years ago

Another theater season bites the dust. And, therefore, wrap it up again we must. For three and twenty years without a break The Moscow Times has listed what is great.

City 2 years ago

The Year in Theater: Murky Demons on the Loose

The Year in Theater: Murky Demons on the Loose

City 2 years ago

Words can be fashionable. They may be dangerous. The word of this year in Russian culture, I would argue, has shades of both.

City 2 years ago

Shakespeare's 'Dream' is Magic at Fomenko Theater

Shakespeare's 'Dream' is Magic at Fomenko Theater

City 2 years ago

It is no secret that following the death of founder Pyotr Fomenko in 2012, the Fomenko Workshop Theater drifted a bit.