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Squaring the Circle - Full Length Play

Squaring the Circle

Eugene Lyons, Charles Malamuth, Valentine Kataev

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Full Length Play

7m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573615771

Translated by Eugene Lyons and Charles Malamuth

A hilarious Comedy from Soviet Russia about two mismatched couples who are obliged to live in a single room because of the acute housing shortage. Each of the girls turns her half of the room into a symbol of her own mind. On one side is the Spartan bareness of an earnest Communist; on the other, the …

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Settings Of Play - A municipalized apartment building in Moscow under the Soviet regime. January- February.

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A hilarious Comedy from Soviet Russia about two mismated couples who are obliged to live in a single room because of the acute housing shortage. Each of the girls turns her half of the room into a symbol of her own mind. On one side is the Spartan bareness of an earnest Communist; on the other, the comforts of the bourgeois. But the husbands do not feel at ease in their halves, each hankering for the woman and atmosphere on the other side. This basic story, with incidents that make it one continuous laugh, is not without its serious implications. The young people discuss and apply in action Soviet notions about relations between the sexes.
Lyceum Theatre, New York
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7m, 5f

VASYA - early twenties, a boy of normally serious inclinations and for reason somewhat uncomfortable and self-conscious in his gauidy butterfly tie, the shiny puttees, plastered hair and well-pressed coat.

LUDMILLA - early twenties, pretty, childlike, and a bit kittenish, evidently inclined to indulge in provocatively feminine clothes.

TONYA KUZNETZOVA - a Communist girl of dark complexion and studious eyes and definitely attractive despite her attempt to conceal her charms undera a drab, negligent, mannish attire, a boy's cap over bobbed hair, a loose overlond skirt, sweater and sheepsskin machintosh.

ABRAM - a jovial, good-natured youth, simple dress, in blue Russian blouse over which he wears a leather coat.

SASHKA - Ludmilla's little brother.

RABINOVITCH - a young Semite, just cutting his eye-teeth in Communism. He is chairman of the House Committee, and takes himself and his responsibility so serious that he can be funny- an embryo doctrinair and a slave to dogma.

EMILIAN - a hulking, athletic figure, abounding in health, vitality and good nature, amusingly boastful and vainglorious, and if he's not much of a poet in spite of his pretensions, he offeres compensation in the possession of a beautiful singing voice which he can use with great power.

BORIS NOVIKOV - the District Organizer, a man of middle age, a gentle and very quiet individual, completely un pretentious and yet a person who, in spite of a kindly and tolerant understanding of human errors, can become fanatically firm if those errors interfere with the progress of the revolution and the Communist cause.
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Eugene Lyons

Eugene Lyons

Eugene Lyons (1898 – 1985) was an American journalist and writer. A fellow traveler of Communism in his younger years, Lyons became highly critical of the Soviet Union after several years there as a correspondent of United Press International. Lyons also wrote a biography of President Herbert Hoover. view full profile

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