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38 - 42
May 15 - June 14
by John W. Lowell
directed by John Vreeke
Susan Lynskey & Michael Russotto
The Letters by John W. Lowell, takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union. The Director calls Anna, a bureaucratic functionary, into his office, and a tense verbal and psychological cat and mouse game ensues. It represents a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin and the effort to edit/suppress/censor the writings of prominent artists. Based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of Tchaikovsky. An intense psychological drama: still timely, still universal, perfect for our intimate theatre setting.
“a riveting, airtight two person drama…a smart and sexy thriller …the play's political message resonates as timeless…” Chicago reviews
REVIEW: “The Letters” is a drama of thought control in Stalin’s Soviet Union, and it’s a good one — a slick 75 minutes with a Hitchcock-like grip.
REVIEW: Two actors in a relentless cat and mouse exchange, unexpected plot changes, and an emotional roller coasters makes for a masterful psychological thriller...
INTERVIEW: Censoring history. Lynskey and Russotto team up for provocative The Letters at MetroStage
REVIEW: "Expertly directed by John Vreeke and brilliantly performed by Michael Russotto and Susan Lynskey...delivers everything a demanding theatre-goer may wish for."
REVIEW: The Letters at MetroStage. Masterful performances
REVIEW: In 1930’s Russia, privacy was a luxury afforded to no one. Suspicion and accusation were the business of the ‘The State’ and its bureaucracy was vast and unyielding.
REVIEW: John W. Lowell's The Letters - Interrogation Russian Style.
FEATURE: MetroStage in Alexandria is presenting the psychological drama, "The Letters", Directed by John Vreeke, May 15 to June 14.
REVIEW: The Letters, an extraordinary show at MetroStage.
REVIEW: Dueling performances make this stripped-down Soviet-era thriller riveting.
REVIEW: With its deliciously taut production of "The Letters", MetroStage brings a little Hitchcockian suspense to Old Town.
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