|DRY WOOD FROM BABYLON|
|Youth Cultural Center|
|UNIVERSAL HALL AND ASTER PRODUCTION [ MACEDONIA ]|
In ďDry Wood from BabylonĒ the directing can hardly be felt; the textual model is followed with pure act. The play offers theatrical esthetics, not real pictures from real life. Thatís that.
But what is the story?
Two people and a kid tell stories to each other.
The characters are: a lonely walker by the river, a man thatís gone old before his time, and a child. Despair is the worst enemy of art, but ďDry wood from BabylonĒ is running away from despair, from telling sad stories. It touches our consciousness, alerts us, for if we want to know where we are going, we must know where we started from. The dry wood wonít blossom if we donít know where, why and how it got dry. Bakevskiís metaphorical text uses known symbols and directions. It is precious because plays of the absurd are a rarity in our theatrical tradition.
The set is almost empty; a dry wood, a bench, a clothespin.
There arenít any luxurious lights and lasers; the act is almost in darkness; and the music discreetly strengthens the tension of the action.
The play resembles a puzzle, with precisely assembled parts. But, without the magnificent performance of the actors, it would have collapsed like the Tower of Babylon. In a Becket-like atmosphere, Bakevski brings together Robert Veljanovski, Nino Levi and Goran Trenchovski...