“The vaudeville “Marriage Proposal” by A.P. Chekhov can be considered a study of marriage in the idea of a pact, of a freely consented alliance between a man and a woman, more than a union, not in a spiritual sense, but rather in a pragmatic, material sense. Until the signature and “yes” we have, first, demand and offer.
Ivan Vasilievich Lomov decides to propose to Stepan Stepanovich Chiubukov’s daughter, Natalia Stepanova, bringing up the “dowry” of course, the Oxen Meadow, which leads to a series of conflicts and tensions, based on a game of power and dominance. The stage version transforms the tragedy of the situation, treated in a comic form, into the comic of a situation treated in a tragic form, revealing a political marriage, keeping the light motif – “dowry”, a land, which, although it is passed through fires of possessive pronouns, belongs to none of the characters and yet causes gain or loss, marriage or divorce, peace or war. War and tensions are ended by an alliance, by the pact, by the verb consent.
What is the stake of this marriage and what advantages does each side have, which of the dogs is better, Otkatai or Ugadai (this time are two characters, two alter egos, who communicate with their owners through music and dance) are just some of the questions that build a dynamic, complete show, where laughter, the accordion, and the violin preserve the joy and pleasure of life.” Radu Ghilaș, director
Scenography – Cătălin Târziu
Choreography – Lorette Enache
Musical arrangement – Dragoș Cohal
A study of marriage in the idea of a pact, of a freely consented alliance, between a man and a woman, more than a union, not in a spiritual sense but rather in a pragmatic, material sense. Until the signature and a “YES”, we first have demand and offer.
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