Three Sophisticated Sadists Torture Each Other for Eternity In Sartre's 1944 "No Exit," Existential Hell on Intime Stage
It has many of the trappings of a typical drawing room comedy. A man and two women arrive one by one and find themselves in a room together. The characters are familiar types, as each particular case gradually reveals itself and relationships begin to develop among the three. The setting too, with its distinct tackiness bright yellow easy chair stage right, electric blue plastic sofa center, red office chair stage left, lime green wallpaper is more or less recognizable.
The early 20th century in the former Soviet Union was pretty bleak for the arts. The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and subsequent regimes of Lenin and Stalin squashed creative expression under the ideology of Communism, yet true artists will produce, no matter what the circumstances. Mark Laycock and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra presented a mini-survey of some of these musical ideas on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium with a program of music by Dmitri Kabalevsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sergei Prokofiev. Featured in the Shostakovich violin concerto presented was soloist Yuri Mazurkevich, an electrifying performer who emigrated from Ukraine, bringing much of the true Russian flair for virtuoso playing with him.