Estates in a State - A classic rural drama, which reveals the senselessness of human fates being connected by property. Despite the comic lense, the production reveals the lack of respect, boorishness and insensitivity so often prevalent in relationships. It takes aim at pretence, double standards and hypocrisy in communications between people. The stage is taken over by parents who make a show of being worried, relations who are quick to take offence, miserly and close-fisted fathers, arrogant and fickle sons, smug and gossipy mothers and martyr-like oversensitive daughters. They all live under the illusion of their own integrity, honour and morality.
"Director Ľubomír Vajdička provides a thorough exposition of the text, with brilliantly drawn relationships, on which he has built stylised situations and effective staging (circling around the table, the disappearance of the men at decisive moments etc.). He lets the characters talk in musical compositions - solo, or several characters across each other in a melodic tumult, or the actors shout out the songs (the lullaby). Vajdička has used the musicality of Tajovský's 'archaic' language - the actors play with the lengths and sonorous vowels.
The women spit out their words. The emphasis is not on intelligibility, but on intonation, melody and rhythm. Their monologues often tip into cackling, with the meaning indicated by the swinging movement of their hips, emphasised by their stylised national costumes with numerous underskirts - an excellent idea from desinger Alexandra Grusková. Peter Mankovecký's music cleverly incorporates folk motifs."
(by Mária Jenčiková, Pravda)
16th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)