A small provincial Russian town is suddenly aroused from its lethargy by the imminent arrival of the first railroad. Gorky is less concerned here with the Industrial Revolution than with the damaging personal effect of people who represent progress; in this case, two engineers who come to prepare for the railroad and who sweep into the lives of all and sundry with the force of a gale, upsetting stalemated romances, stale marriages, and the equilibrium of the petty bureaucracy. An excellent choice for college and repertory productions. Produced in New York by the BAM Theatre Company.
"It is steadily engrossing. This version of a rarely produced play, in an articulate translation [...] offers additional proof of Gorky's importance as a playwright." - The New York Times