The Master and Margarita – Stylisation, grotesque, playfulness, the unforgettable artistic style of a company that mixes high and low, the fleeting and the eternal… The production follows freely on from the most successful titles of the Teatro Tatro group: from Bianca Braselli it takes the atmosphere of an old and magical waxworks, from The Prophet Ilya the theme of the approaching end of the world. Bulgakov’s cult novel, about the devil in 1930s Moscow, is brought by the artists into the present day, as they ask: What does the devil look like today, and how does he affect our present? Are we not living in a greater hell than post-revolution Moscow? Does Jesus Christ have any influence, or is he just a dangerous madman? And is there still such a thing as a love in front of which even the devil bows down?
“Out of a complicated novel, director Ondrej Spišák has managed to create an interlocking mosaic that holds together beautifully. (…) As always in Teatro Tatro, this time, too, it was a true spectacle – in the style of commedia dell’arte, where everything is admitted, the stunts are created in front of your eyes, the actors appear in rapid succession in several roles, almost every scene contains deathly serious grotesqueness, the backdrops are both naive and beautiful, and the whole thing is congenially complemented by live music and singing. The atmosphere is heavily Bulgakovesque (tragedy, drama and grotesque woven into a single carpet) with reminders of Stalinist (and present-day Putinist) Russia, with autobiographical references, burlesque and chilling drama.
(by Juraj Kušnierik, tyzden.dnes.sk)
“This dramatisation of the novel The Master and Margarita and its adaptation using Teatro Tatro’s distinctive style is definitely one of the theatrical events of the year (…) It is a strong production that serves up the cult novel using a specific theatre language that is unparalleled in the Slovak context. It surprises us, astounds us and pulls us into its dark game.
(by Milo Juráni, Kød)