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14 September 2018
The Nouveau Criminals on the Grand NTB Stage! 16 February 2019
The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the first performances of the The Nouveau Criminals by Edna Mazia, translated by Etgard Bitel, directed by Ion Caramitru, which shall take place on Saturday, February 16th, Sunday February 17th, 2019, Sunday, February 24th and Friday, March 1st at The Grand Hall, starting from 7.30 p.m. Designated by Haaretz Magazine as "First Lady of the Israeli Theatre", Edna Mazia first became a screenwriter, then a playwright and theatre director, followed by philosophy and drama studies, and her career was crowned with recognition by the audience and the specialized criticism. Among her numerous plays, those which enjoyed a special appreciation were the Family Story - rewarded in 1997 with the Meir Margalit Prize (after the name of a famous Israeli actor of the 20th century) and the Lea Goldberg Award, then only two years later, for the Rebels, the writer would be declared Playwright of the Year 1998-1999, a recognition doubled by a new Meir Margalit Award. In Romania, the most famous piece of Edna Mazia is the one in 2011, Games in the Backyard, director Bobi Pricop's debut exam, taken over by Act Theatre. With Nouveau Criminals, the author, who was also the director for this play performed with great success by Israel's Cameri Theatre, offers us a comedy of stark topicality, oscillating between laughter and tears, about a family hoping to regain their lost well-being. It's a story about the temptation of money, easy gains on not exactly Orthodox ways, risky maneuvers of survival, and the cumbersome routine of domestic cares. A bitter comedy, reserved exclusively for adults, with generous scores and extraordinary actors - guided with psychological finesse by Ion Caramitru - the director, gives you the opportunity to meet with a five star cast on the great stage of the Bucharest National Theatre. The amazing situations and characters that trigger them are brought to the scene by the actors: Virginia Mirea - invited to join NTB with this role, Alexandrina Halic, Andrei Finti, Silviu Biriş, Afrodita Androne, Teodora Mareş, Ileana Olteanu, Aylin Cadir / Diana Sar, Cosmina Olariu, George Piştereanu, Daniel Badale, Mihai Verbitchi, Alexandru Hasnaş. In other roles: Viorel Florea, Alexandru Popescu, Nicoleta Tase, Aris Bănuţoiu. The welcoming home of a once wealthy family is the stage creation of Florilena Popescu Farcasanu - as well as the costumes of the show, the lighting of the lighting designer Chris Jaeger, the choreography of Florin Fieroiu and the musical arrangements made by Călin Topa. You shall laugh at the challenges of dealing with the "nouveau criminals" ... The humour and wisdom of an honest contemporary family shall persuade you that it is worthwhile facing your fate even if you becomes its toy, even if the whole world has gone mad and .. even though "it's all but ... a great mess" !!! So dare and be welcome to the generous home of a respectable family, where a fancy business flourishes ...! The official premiere of the show is scheduled for Thursday, March 7th, 2019, from 7.30 p.m. in the presence of the author. The duration of the show is 2 hours 50 minutes, with a break.  Tickets are available at the NTB Box Office, in the Grand Hall foyer, as well as online on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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