For its latest Main Stage production, Meadows Theatre takes on a Pulitzer Prize winner’s darkly comic exploration of the last days of the U.S.S.R., from perestroika to its ultimate collapse.
Tony Kushner’s SLAVS! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness is “a rambunctiously funny, seriously moving stage piece that is part buffoonish burlesque and part tragic satire,” wrote New York Times theatre critic Vincent Canby.
Kushner, a 2013 Academy Award nominee for his Lincoln screenplay, wrote SLAVS! in 1994, shortly after he received the 1993 Pulitzer for his epic Angels in America.
“A lesser writer would have followed [Angels] with something smug and sweeping. As though Kushner feared such a fate, he instead has returned to where he started: a place of healthy confusion,” wrote Marc Robinson of The Village Voice. “Kushner’s humor buoys his political anguish, his lyricism draws dry ideas into rhapsodies and elegies, his interest in character won’t let even the most vaudevillian individual conform to type.”
The Meadows production is directed by Rhonda Blair, professor of theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and runs Wednesday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online at Vendini or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
Find a full cast and crew list below the cut.