«Smile at us, oh lord». Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia
Based on two novels by Grigory Kanovich
Directed by Rimas Tuminas
Starring: Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergei Makovetsky, Yevgeny Knyazev, Aleksei Guskov, Vladimir Simonov, Yulia Rutberg, Grigory Antipenko, and Viktor Dobronravov
Featuring an all-star cast of renowned actors, and brought to life by the acclaimed team of Vakhtangov’s artistic director Rimas Tuminas, composer Faustas Latenas, and set designer Adomas Yacovskis, "Smile At Us, Oh Lord" is based on two novels by the Lithuanian-born Israeli writer, Grigory Kanovich.
With a plot full of tragi-comedic moments, accented by soulful music, "Smile at Us, Oh Lord" is a story of a "little man", vehemently opposed to wrongdoing, even as the world around him crumbles. His journey opens his eyes — and the audience’s hearts — to the fate of Jews around the world during the first half of the 20th century. Using a new language of poetic theater, Rimas Tuminas and the esteemed Vakhtangov Theatre cast tells a common story that’s linked with the larger parable of the great love of mankind.