NET or New European Theater, a privately funded annual theater festival, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its original objective was to showcase the best new performances by European directors, but over the years NET started including Russian productions as well. For its anniversary year NET put together a truly exceptional program, and The Moscow Times selected the must-see performances. All the shows are performed in the original language with Russian “sub-titles” projected above the stage.
The Trials of John Demyanyk. A Holocaust Cabaret
This play by Canadian Jonathan Garfinkel is based on a real court case, in which a U.S. citizen of Ukrainian descent, Ivan Demyanyuk, was accused and in the end found guilty of being an accomplice to murder of almost 30,000 prisoners in a Nazi camp. Following in Bertolt Brecht’s footsteps, Director Ilya Moshinsky turned this grim story into an ironic cabaret production.
Theater Moderne. Spartakovskaya Sq. 9/1. Metro Baumanskaya.