The tale of a young woman from Brooklyn, marrying a Russian immigrant for…him to get his green card. Not a storybook romance by any stretch, Karenin’s Anna, written by Michael Ross Albert, is a clever little drama with plenty of Cold War wit, language barrier buffoonery, and sentimental sweetness.
Anna (Caitlin Robson), is a lonely woman who marries Sergei Karenin (Danny Pagett), a Russian literature professor and immigrant. The piece is an interesting, and very real look into two people: how they learn and experience each other and, from strangers to sweethearts, discover themselves anew.
“It’s been quite the process; a good process,” The scenes are like “little vignettes of a mutually assured divorce” said Caitlin Robson today, not long before the show opened. As Ms. Robson’s first time producing a show, coupled with a personal connection with and understanding of her character and her crises, she confessed “stage jitters”, the like of which she had not experienced for years. ”Anna is loquacious, uncertain, and a dreamer.”
“We did a lot of Uta Hagen work; working in a foreign space as opposed to home, with a lot of close-quarters work.” Danny Pagett commented outside the performance space, regarding the process of the piece. “Having to block off that part of my brain that’s understanding what someone is saying, but also have the actor part of my brain have to understand what they’re saying, is an interesting challenge. Sergei is giving, scared, and romantic.”
Director Luke Marty and writer Michael Ross Albert were on hand as well before the show. Mr. Marty, aside from some jovially snide remarks regarding Robson and Paget, was clearly content: “These guys made it pretty easy for me. They were both very willing to work, and I feel very lucky to have been able to work on this show.” And Mr. Albert, with wonderful sincerity, shared: “I’m thrilled. I’m very honoured that these people are the ones putting up the play.”
This claustrophobic calumny, set in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, is an incredibly intimate show well worth your time. Summed up best by the writer himself, Karenin’s Anna is, “simple, sweet, sad”.
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