I know this blog has been dormant for a while, but I thought this merits an update. Last night I went to the “electro-pop opera” Pierre, Natasha, and the Great Comet of 1812
, based of course on Tolstoy’s War and Peace
. After selling out their run last fall, they’ve just begun a new run in a new temporary space (called Klub Kazino
) in the Meatpacking District.
It was so much fun! They mostly focused on the mid-section of the book, and specifically the love triangle between Natasha, Andre, and Anatole. Pierre doesn’t really get his due, but he’s there enough, I guess.
The bottom image is the letter I was handed by one of the cast members (they have this really energetic theater-in-the-round type thing going on, as the audience is seated throughout the “stage”) during a song along the lines of “In the 19th century, we write letters!” If anyone can translate it for me, I’d be much obliged.
Anyway, if you’re in New York, and you like both War and Peace and “experimental” theater, go to this show. It’s great, like the comet of 1812.