The Pleven drama and puppet theater “Ivan Radoev” dedicates the performance “The Man-Eater” to the 30th anniversary of the death of the inimitable playwright and poet Ivan Radoev. Table rehearsals for “The Man-Eater” by Ivan Radoev began on November 20, the theater reports.
The legendary play “The Man-Eater”, which has become an eternal emblem of the Bulgarian theater, will once again come to life on the Pleven stage at the end of January 2024.
At the first rehearsal, thirteen happy “little men” gathered at a table to blame whoever they could for all their troubles on the state and not only because “The people are nervous, comrades!”.
“The whole story takes place in the small galaxy of a nursing home… here the chairs are tired, the table is tired. The TV is also tired and for two years has not maintained any connections with political commentators” – isn’t that enough for a total and absurd comedy that will look us straight in the eyes from the stage of the Pleven Theater.
The director of the performance is Orhan Tair, the set designer is Larisa Nagorska, and the music is by Asen Antonov.
Bistra Okereke – the first professional actress of African origin in Bulgaria – was specially cast for the role of the Man-Eater. As well as Valentin Vasilev, Gennadiy Nikolov, Doriana Galabova, Ekaterina Stoyanova, Irena Nencheva, Krasimira Kuzmanova, Lenko Gurkov, Mariyan Stefanov, Nina Goranovski, Orhan Tair and Petyo Krastev.
If in the last 30 years this satirical comedy, weaving the tragic story of the socialist man, was perceived only as a criticism of totalitarianism, then the Pleven theater performance under the direction of Orhan Tair aims to go beyond these frameworks and reveal the genius of Ivan’s text Radoev, which made it universal for the Bulgarian situation.