In her stories and novels Božena Slančíková-Timrava captured the issues of the time in Slovak society and portrayed everyday heroes with terrible fates. The novella Vše pro národ (All for the nation) has some notably autobiographical features, characters and events. It captures the lives of young women who long for self-realisation. The author's sharp insights in dramatic situations portray the themes of the futile search for happiness, national posturings, the dictatorships of convention and giving up on personal rebellion. Michal Vajdička interprets this rural story using modern theatrical means - an emphasis on details, the heightening of paradoxes and sharp shifts in situation and mood.
The director may be young, but his work with the actors is remarkable. Each detail has been thoroughly worked out, and there are no minor characters on stage (q.v. the masterful figures of the crippled Želka and the eccentric violinist). Of the male characters, particular mention goes to Branislav Matuščin in the double role of the teachers...Also unforgettable is the set (Pavol Andraško) with its multiple significanes. Earth signifies the native land, but it also hides personal secrets, buries and strokes, dierties and purifies... the appropriately-employed music (Peter Mankovecký) and the functionally stylised costumes by Jana Hurtigová.
(by Marta Žilková, SRO, Rádio Devin)
"All of the Nation is an excellent production with brilliant performances by the actors. Directed by Michal Vajdička, it closes the Family Silver season in Nitra, which was opened by the equally -brilliant Estates in a State (Stakami zmätkami), directed by Ľubomír Vajdička. These two approaches to classic works without heroisation or pathos are among the best things that slowak theatres have offered the season."
(by Mária Fekar Jenčiková, Pravda)
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