A Technical Question

A Technical Question

Michał Buszewicz
Dir. Michał Buszewicz
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ul. Jagiellońska 1
A Technical Question




1 h 10 min.


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Technical workers – as their name would seem to indicate – are responsible for the technical run of the play, and are seldom seen, generally only when they bring something or remove it from stage. This time they take the entire stage, though with some initial trepidation: “In A Technical Question anything is possible. It can happen that the technical crew appears on stage instead of the actors, it can happen that they get carried off stage, and finally, it can happen that they abandon the audience to run off to another play. Jarosław Majzel, Janusz Rojek, and Mirosław Wiśniewski leave their work as techs at the Stary Theater’s Kameralny Stage for a few hours to try their acting skills. They abandon their jobs for a moment. And they do so with success, because an hour spent in their company can have a rejuvenating effect on the viewer. (…) Among the evening’s gems is a Stary Theater tech fashion show, a fashion machine of sorts, and an attempt to make a mock-up of the stage. This hour-long, guileless play has received ovations from the public; it is a true breath of fresh air for the theater-goer,” said Gabriela Cagiel in Gazeta Wyborcza.

“A Technical Question” at the Stary Theater in Krakow is a paradoxical play. It seems to be dealing with the hermetic world behind the stage curtain, equal parts enchanted and dusty, and yet it strikes the viewer more powerfully than some premieres based on “an important new voice from Poland.” Why? Because Michał Buszewicz’s performance speaks of ordinary hard work. We seldom show this in Polish culture, and we rarely speak of it. Buszewicz focuses on the theater people who are seldom seen, but who keep the whole mess in some sort of harmony.
Witold Mrozek, Gazeta Wyborcza