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Jun 12 - 13, 2015

After earning "raving reviews" for its sold-out 2014 run of Eugene Onegin at New York City Center, Vakhtangov Academic Theatre of Russia is back in 2015, presenting a new theatrical masterpiece, Smile at Us, Oh Lord.

Featuring an all-star cast of renowned actors, and brought to life by the acclaimed team of Vakhtangov’s artistic director Rimas Tuminas, composer Faustas Latenas, and set designer Adomas Jacovskis, Smile At Us, Oh Lord is based on two novels by the Lithuanian-born Israeli writer, Grigory Kanovich.

With a plot full of tragi-comedic moments, accented by soulful music, Smile at Us, Oh Lord is a story of a "little man", vehemently opposed to wrongdoing, even as the world around him crumbles. His journey opens his eyes - and the audience's hearts - to the fate of Jews around the world during the first half of the 20th century. Using a new language of poetic theater, Rimas Tuminas and the esteemed Vakhtangov Theatre cast tells a common story that's linked with the larger parable of the great love of mankind.


Founded by a legendary Russian theatrical director and Stanislavsky's scholar, Evgeny Vakhtangov, in 1921 and now led by one of the hottest European directors, Rimas Tuminas, legendary Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia is now Moscow's landmark, located in the very heart of the city, and rated as the best theaters in Russia by both critics and audience. Vakhtangov’s troupe, that includes numerous Russian star actors, always presents the most original and interesting repertoire, with most of its productions being sold-out months in advance. Learn more about the company at vakhtangov.ru.

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  • Location: Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Running Time:  3 hours and 30 min with 15-20 min intermission
  • Year: 2015
  • Format: In Russian with English subtitles
  • Cast: Sergey Makovetskiy, Evgeny Knyazev, Vladimir Simonov,Viktor Sukhorukov, Alexei Guskov, Yulia Rutberg , Grigory Antipenko, Viktor Dobronravov.
  • Please Note: There will be no late seating for this performance. Patrons that arrive late may not be permitted to sit in their purchased seats and will be sat at the discretion of management.