The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
"A sharp new travel-horror play by LA-based writer Meg Miroshnik about a young American woman of Russian extraction (Annie, played by a sprightly and doe-eyed Samie Spring Detzer) who travels to Moscow and gets tangled in a world somewhere between Russian fairytales and the sex, drugs, and clubs of contemporary young Muscovites. Annie's host mother is a dangerous witch hoping to fatten her up, the woman across the hallway has a bear for a boyfriend, and her fairy godmother turns out to be an arch prostitute (Nastya, played with deep, sinister grace by Leah Pfenning) who the other young women in the play agree is 'one tough cunt.' Nastya is the one with access to rich men, axes, and the other implements of destruction that bring Russian Girls to its delightfully dark conclusion. (Things end happily ever after, but a few men and monsters have to die first.) The production, directed by Ali el-Gasseir mixes well-grounded performances, shadow puppetry, and lo-fi theater tricks (footlights to make everyone's faces look noir-ish, for example) to create an atmosphere of gloomy paranoia, punctuated with unexpected comedy. The production doesn't have all of the fireworks and special effects that the script allows for—Russian Girls would make a hell of a movie—but it tells this jagged and suspenseful story about women in Moscow with energy and ballast." (Brendan Kiley)
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October 3, 2012
A sharp travel-horror comedy by LA-based playwright Meg Miroshnik, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls follows Annie, a doe-eyed young American...
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