Vilém Mrštík's first play depits life in a small Moravien town, full of idleness and inactivity, brawls, gambling, unfaithfullness and philandering, moarl cynicism and vain dreaming. The subject of the play, depicted with shocking openness, the new method of dealing with it and the acuteness of the dramatic conflict meant that Mrs. Urbanová met at the time with sharp condemnation from critics, who called the play an "aberration from naturalism." The play was in many ways ahead of its time.
"The director tells the story sensitively, with a focus on the performances, but still manages to keep an ironic distance and detachment, making use of modern short cuts, indications and paradoxical details. He deals brilliantly with the Ibsen-like dark tones of emotional aridity and with the open eroticism, wirh the tangible boredom of the small town and with the gambling scenes.
(by Petr Mareček, MF DNES)
"Martin Františák and the production team in the Klicpera Theatre have moved the drama forward a couple of decades, bringing to the Zola-style naturalism the grotesque feel of German expressionism. The move is decidedly successful because it is theatrically rewarding. The actors, with their heavy eyeliner and wild, rhich costumes, are like a monstrous waxworks from a Kafkaesque and gloomy world, but without Kafka's subtlety.
(by Richard Erml, Divadelni noviny)
[JUM]17th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)