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Israel's Malenki Theatre – Orpheus in the Metro

reviewed by Paula Citron
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Orpheus in the Metro
Malenki Theatre
Adapted and directed by Igor Berezin from Manuscript found in a pocket by Julio Cortázar (stage version by Roy Chen)
Performed by Oren Yadgar
In Tel Aviv

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I’m currently on a cultural mission to Israel, and Toronto audiences may well see the show I’m about to discuss because the Luminato Festival artistic director is also here as a delegate. I know he was impressed by Orpheus in the Metro, and I sincerely hope he brings the show to town.
Tel Aviv-based Malenki Theatre was founded by Russian émigrés whose mandate is to mirror the intimacy a person feels when totally absorbed in a good book. In other words, they want their productions to wrap the audience in the cocoon of a total theatrical experience.

Tel Aviv-based Malenki Theatre was founded by Russian émigrés whose mandate is to mirror the intimacy a person feels when totally absorbed in a good book. In other words, they want their productions to wrap the audience in the cocoon of a total theatrical experience.
Orpheus in the Metro is a disturbing one-man show based on a short story by Belgian/Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar. The premise is terrifying. The unnamed man stalks women in the Paris subway system and the irony of the play’s title is obvious. The man’s dangerous game is to try and guess the final destination of the woman of choice. If he is correct, his reward will be the go-ahead to make personal contact.

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