London's Theatre de L'ange Fou presents: "The Government Inspector," based on a work of Nicolai Gogol. Directed and adapted by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum. A tour of Israel organized in collaboration with the British Council.
London's Theatre de L'ange Fou (Crazy Angel) is comprised of 15 members from 13 countries, who perform in seven languages and follow the teachings of Etienne Decroux, which focus on corporal mime and physicality, theater of movement and all its various and unusual derivatives. It means that walking onstage is a hop, prance, skip or little dance, and every movement is a gesture or a distortion that is usually accompanied by music or unusual and strange sounds.
The whole ensemble is very skilled in their craft and the great effort they invested in preparing and performing is apparent. It features extremely precise choreography with wonderfully coordinated music and screened visual backdrops. Everything works together like a well-oiled machine.
The only problem is that the program states that the play is based on Gogol's "The Inspector General." This play is a classic about the idiocy of people and their willingness to blindly follow symbols of authority. If this performance had not had any traces of the play, the spectator would not have wondered so much why simple actions that are part of the story are performed with so much noise and commotion. The purpose of doing that is not exactly clear. Despite my theatrical conservatism, I would be very glad to watch this troupe do something original, so that I could assess whether there is any substance in their physicality or if it is just a demonstration of skill. The fact that they still called the performance "The Inspector General," mentioned Gogol's name in the program and featured traces of the text in the play bothered me very much.
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