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It is no longer news to anyone that the play “Passion for Bumbarash” (directed by Vladimir Mashkov) at the Moscow Theater of Oleg Tabakov was revived almost 30 years after the premiere. And they revived it in a very timely manner, breathing a second life into it. After all, even today it is very important to rethink, realize and feel the troubled times of the civil war. When a single people was divided into red and white, people were pitted against their heads in irreconcilable class hatred. Now it becomes clear how ambiguous and essentially meaningless everything that was happening, on whose side was the truth then, and was it at all? Was it worth looking for it in the thick tome of German Capital, which the gullible village boy is trying to foist on the apolitical Bumbarash? Aren’t the lofty ideals of the White Guard like trying to plant an orchid in a dung bed? And aren’t Vasily Ivanovich’s cartoonish red revolutionary bloomers, sewn from slogans, a kind of dramatic symbol of lost illusions?
It is not the world or time that is built on the stage, but a period of timelessness, when the past is cut off from the future, when each side has its own truth. As in any element there is a center, so in the play all the actions take place in the village, to which the soldier Semyon Bumbarash essentially returns from the German war, dead officially, but a deserter, having fought his fill. Sevastian Smyshnikov is very sincere and organic in this role – one of the brightest representatives of the young actors of “Tabakerki”. The story becomes lively and as realistic as possible with the help of love lines. Bumbarash loves his bride Varya, his brother Gavrila also loves Varya, and Sonya the atamansha, despite the strength and independence of the leader of the gang, dearly loves Lieutenant Ilyin. These lines turned out to be very deep and strong, despite the general destructive atmosphere of chaos.
Varya – her first major role – was also played by the young theater actress Angelina Pakhomova. A wonderful, subtle and very emotional acting work was done by Alexander Kuzmin (Gavril). The beautiful Anya Chipovskaya plays a former salon singer from St. Petersburg, who becomes Sonya the atamansha, who has gone through fire, water and copper pipes, and therefore even more lonely. Diamonds on the neck and thin fingers, shiny fur over the shoulder, burning eyes, summed up in black, and a sharp pocket knife in tenacious hands. “Give me a ring, fiance,” she asks the naive Yashka (Vladislav Miller), and points to the bombs in his hands. The unconditional and very versatile talent of Ani Chipovskaya cannot be fully appreciated from the TV screen, but on the theatrical stage he shines in all its glory, shimmers with numerous facets, dazzles and gives goosebumps. Her Sonya hides a longing for love behind daring crimes and dashing deeds, commands a gang, sings romances in a beautiful hoarse voice, turns the heads of the village anarchists, and suddenly transforms into almost a fairy-tale princess, waltzing with the handsome lieutenant Ilyin (Evgeny Milavshim), longing for her in a long involuntary separation.

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“Passion for Bumbarash” is a musical performance, the actors speak in poetry and sing a lot (and very well for dramatic artists). Yuliy Kim’s poems are deliberately simple and very similar to common speech, and the songs are heartfelt good and have long been known and loved by the audience: “The crane flies in the sky”, “Horses are walking over the river”, “Tired of fighting”, “Please extinguish the candles if you want to light the flame “and the memorable dashing” Cossack marching “(the same one:” Oh, Konotop, Voronezh, a louse is vigorous! “).
Strong and bright youth gathered in the Snuffbox. They literally burn on stage like a torch flame. Along with the artists from the old guard, students of the Oleg Tabakov School are involved in the crowd, designated as “red, white, bandits, bandits”. Fresh blood on the stage is organic, the guys have clear hits in bright images. Especially good are the girls who play Sonya’s loose gang, rude women with metal teeth. That is, as always, everything on stage at Vladimir Mashkov is at the highest level. This is the set design by Alexander Borovsky, and the impeccable light of Damir Ismagilov, and the costumes of Maria Borovskaya, and, of course, the choreography of the star Alla Sigalova.
In one of the interviews on the eve of the premiere of the revived production, Vladimir Mashkov said that he dreamed of restoring the play “Passion for Bumbarash”, although nothing can be restored, one can only continue to do something. The whole troupe, all generations of the theater and new artists from the Oleg Tabakov School are involved in the play. Passion for Bumbarash is a tribute to the great and beloved creator of the theater – Oleg Pavlovich. The performance not only collects regular notices, it breathes new energy and keeps the great legacy of the legendary “Snuffbox”.

Natalia Kaminskaya specially for Musecube

Photos of Ksenia Bubenets provided by the Theater named after O.P. Tabakov