Elena Popova has locked herself in and is in mourning for her philandering husband who has died seven months ago, when along comes the handsome but uncouth Smirnov demanding her husband’s debt be paid. She insists that she cannot pay today and he will not leave unless he is paid today. Both are trapped in their past but find that in the heat of the argument, passion surfaces.
Ivan Vassilevitch, a local landowner, has come to the house of Stepan Stepanovitch to ask for his daughter, Natalya’s, hand in marriage. Both Ivan and Natalya appear to have been unsuccessful in love to date and would seem on the surface to be a perfect match. However, petty rivalries and personality clashes cause mayhem and distract them from what they truly desire. Will they ever manage to see the wood from the trees? This hilarious farce sheds a light on ownership, the silliness of one-upmanship and how sometimes we can be our own worst enemy.
Cast for both plays:
John O’Donoghue……………Grigory Smirnov, Ivan Vassilevitch
Donna Anita Nikolaisen……..Elena Popova, Natalya Stepanovich
Shane G. Casey………………..Luka, Chubukhov Stepanovich
Director: Joe Devlin
Date & Venue: Rathfarnham Castle, Oct 2016
Margaret Bentley, Red Line Book Festival
Catherine O’Connor, OPW