One of Moscow’s oldest theatre companies returns to Toronto with a show that will sweep you off your feet and into a storm of intrigue, hidden truths, and heaps of snow.
Based on the writings of Mikhail Lermontov, one of Russia’s most important 19th-century poets, the tragi-farce Masquerade uncovers the real moralities of modern society behind the masks that everyone wears. Discover scandalous love affairs and squandered opportunities; exposed lies, truths, and the words that can kill. Literally.
Visionary Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas, whose critically-acclaimed Uncle Vanya, sold out at Luminato in 2017, applies his signature style to Masquerade, a melancholy Commedia dell’Arte with opulent costumes and entrancing music, set in mysterious, snowy Saint Petersburg. Often compared to Shakespeare’s Othello, Masquerade is a ruthless and ribald study of jealousy and pride within a gossip-ridden community, portrayed by a cast of some of Russia’s most celebrated actors. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.
Masquerade is presented by Luminato and Show One Productions.
(Image features the company of Masquerade. Photos by Alexandra Torgushnikova and Valeriy Miasnikov)