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The plays of the English playwright Ray Cooney have long become classics of the comedy genre. For many years they have been included in the repertoires of various theaters and gather full houses. The performance "Clinical Case", according to theatergoers, is just such a production.
A bit of history
Comedy is, first of all, laughter. What are most people laughing at? Above oneself. More precisely, over human weaknesses, oddities and fears. The history of the comedy genre is rooted in hoary antiquity. The first comedies were created in ancient Greece. The layman calls all funny works in one word - comedy. Although this genre has many forms: farce, vaudeville, sideshow, parody, sketch, operetta. There are also sitcoms and comedies of manners. The most popular in literature, cinema and on the stage is the sitcom. From the classics, one can recall Gogol's The Inspector General, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or Molière's The Tradesman in the Nobility. Comedies by Ken Ludwig, Georges Feydeau, Neil Simon are consistently popular in modern theaters.
The directors' longtime love is the English playwright Ray Cooney, whose comedy "Too Married Taxi Driver" was included in the 100 best dramatic works of England of the 20th century. Ray Cooney broke a kind of record: more than one hundred million tickets have already been sold for performances based on his plays.
English playwright Ray Cooney is a legendary personality and well-known far beyond the borders of Great Britain. Ray first appeared on stage as an actor back in 1946. As a writer, he became known somewhere in the middle of the last century. In 1983, Cooney created his own Comedy Theater, on the stage of which he immediately staged his famous play Too Married Taxi Driver, which lasted in the repertoire for nine years. As a playwright, Cooney is very successful.
His more than twenty comedies have been translated into forty languages and are included in the repertoires of the world's best stage venues. Ray Cooney is a master of sitcom. Favorite topics for jokes of the English playwright: politics, weather and the royal family. There are no random characters and phrases in Cooney's plays. All the characters and dialogues are written accurately and to the smallest detail. The plays are distinguished by a famously twisted dynamic plot, unexpected turns and an unpredictable ending to the end. Ray Cooney's well-known play "Clinical Case" is one of them.
Summary of the play
The play "Clinical Case" (the second title is "Purely Family Matter") was written by Cooney in 1987. Like all the works of the legendary playwright,"Clinical case" happy fate. The play adorns the repertoires of many famous theaters.
The action takes place in a medical facility in England on the eve of the New Year. The main characters are two bosom friends Hubert and David, doctors of this clinic. The friends have received important assignments from management: Hubert is to play the lead role at the corporate New Year's party, and David is to open the International Conference of Physicians. Suddenly, a certain friend of his youth comes to David, who announces that David has an eighteen-year-old son who longs to communicate with his own father. David is married to the daughter of the chairman of the academic council of the hospital and his plans do not include a scandal with an illegitimate son. Around this plot, a cool farce begins to unfold with absurd situations, characteristic heroes and black humor. Of course, all ends well. Comedy couldn't be any different.
"Clinical Case" directed by Roman Samgin
Roman Savelyevich Samghin is a famous and talented theater and film director. Critics note that he is especially successful in private performances. In the entreprise, Samghin staged the play "Clinical Case", which was presented to the public by the theater agency "Art-Partner 21" in 2008.
Since then, the bright performance regularly gathers the halls. In the capital, every season the performance “Clinical Case” is presented by the Taganka Actors Association on the stage of the theater directed by Nikolai Gubenko. Roman Samghin presentedto the public's judgment a real good comedy, light and cheerful. The masquerade performance organically conveys the pre-New Year atmosphere and turmoil. According to the audience, it is good to go to the performance "Clinical Case" during the New Year holidays in order to be filled with the appropriate mood. In January 2017, the performance in the golden cast was played for the 150th time. The production by Roman Samghin turned out to be lively, bright and cheerful. If you give a brief description of the play "Clinical Case", you get: funny and dynamic.
The actors made a huge contribution to the success of the performance, including the commercial one. The performance is played by well-known and very beloved by the audience artists. It should be noted that the actors of the play "A Clinical Case", in the best traditions of the Russian theater, managed to convey deeper and more serious feelings hidden behind comic masks in a light English comedy. This is the bitterness of losing a friend, and the need for true love, and disappointment in the false value of we alth and prestige. It's not for nothing that Ray Cooney's comedies are called "laughter through tears." The actors in Samghin's production managed to convey this.
Actors and roles
In the play "Clinical Case", according to the audience, the main actors play especially brightly and talentedly: Igor Livanov, Roman Madyanov and Elena Biryukova.
Beloved by all, Igor Livanov perfectly plays the role of Dr. David Mortimer, who is in an awkward situation and is trying to find a way out of it. As it should be in a sitcom, the hero chooses funny andabsurd ways of salvation. Igor Livanov masterfully reincarnates either as a careerist doctor, or as a holy father, or as a patient. He even manages to be a woman in the image of a housekeeper and confidently walks around the stage in high heels. Livanov brilliantly plays his hero, who is torn apart by doubts, fears and a desire to hide from trouble, to save his reputation.
The hero of Roman Madyanov is very charming and good-natured. Hubert Bonnie takes it upon himself to save a friend from an unpleasant situation and finds himself in comical and absurd situations because of this. The duet of Igor Livanov and Roman Madyanov is very organic, harmonious and is the center of the performance.
Nurse Jane, who brought confusion into the measured life of Dr. Mortimer, is played by the famous actress Elena Biryukova. Elena is a popular comedian, known to the general public on the television series Sasha + Masha. All the photos and names of the actors of the performance "Clinical Case" can be found on numerous posters of the theater agency "Art-Partner 21".
Reviews about the play
The theater critics did not pay much attention to the play. But the audience actively expresses their emotions in reviews of the play "Clinical Case" in Moscow. By studying the responses, we can conditionally divide them into only positive and only negative. As a rule, Ray Cooney's play itself causes a negative reaction. English humor is not clear, the viewer is not funny. Therefore, the action seems to be drawn out, the plot is stupid, the acting is not pleasant. If the jokes are closeand are understandable to the viewer, then in the reviews, as a rule, an excellent play of actors is noted. The audience notices that the actors themselves enjoy the game, and their mood is conveyed to the public. The performance is called "a fairy tale for adults", cheerful, witty and kind. Of the funny reviews, one can note the accusation of promoting homosexuality due to the dressing of actors in women's clothes.
"Clinical case" in Nizhny Novgorod
The performance directed by Roman Samgin was shown to the audience on the stage of the Nizhny Novgorod State Academic Drama Theater. M. Gorky. Artists know that each city has its own audience, and the same performance is received differently in different cities. What are the impressions about the play "Clinical Case" reviews in Nizhny Novgorod?
Predictably I like Igor Livanov, especially his comical female character with braids and men's socks in stilettos. Spectators note the light atmosphere of the comedy and are advised not to expect something deep and supernatural from the production. Many people from Nizhny Novgorod go for Igor Livanov. And the expectations of the audience are always justified. People leave the theater with a good mood and a sense of satisfaction. It should be noted that the audience felt tears through laughter and noted that there were sad moments in the performance and a philosophical finale that was not quite usual for a light comedy.
"Clinical case" in Ryazan
The play "Clinical Case" occupies a worthy place in the repertoires of many Russian theaters. Here in the Ryazan theaterdrama director Oleg Pichurin made his production. Leading actors of the theater Valery Ryzhkov, Yuri Borisov, Marina Myasnikova play the leading roles. This is only the third directorial work of the actor Oleg Pichurin. Oleg says that he really wanted to stage the play the way he sees it as an actor. Audience reviews of the play "Clinical Case" in Ryazan confirm that the young director managed to put on a good and cheerful performance. It is well-deservedly popular with the residents of the city.
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