I like going to the theatre. Theatre possesses almost magic power to insulate me from my own reality and to catapult me to a different realm. It’s a vicarious escape. It’s such a refreshing and enriching experience to step out of one’s current frame of mind and to step into the tumultuous world of others. If I tend to be a self-centered, self-absorbed individual on a daily basis (who isn’t anyway?), theatre ticket takes me on an over one hour journey to the world where I transform myself into a hyper-empath. Suffering and dramatic conflicts of others temporarily desensitizes my own existential pain.Theatre is all about emotions and complications they bring to our lives. That is why it’s so cathartic. Theatre broadens our horizons, teaches empathy, and enhances our self-awareness. It perfectly features complexities that we all face in our private and public relationships.
On Saturday 12th of October, I stepped out of the comfort zone of my lovely room and went to see Salisbury Playhouse’s new production, two short plays: Elegy for a Lady and the Yalta Game. The plays were staged at the small and cosy Salberg Studio. It is not surprising why these two works have been placed together: they have many things in common. Both plays are very intimate and tell the stories of adulterous love between a middle-aged man and a younger woman. Both use just two characters, captivatingly performed by Mark Frost and Ruth Everett. Both works have an emotional spell and strong element of fantasy around them. They are equally thought-provoking, absorbing and moving to watch. They also feel intimate within the tiny Salberg studio. Two short plays were written by two of the 20th century’s finest playwrights – Arthur Miller (All My Sons, Death of a Salesman) and Brian Friel (Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa).