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Little Hell

by Mircea Stefanescu

Little Hell

by Mircea Stefanescu

Mircea Cornișteanu
Mircea Cornișteanu
Clara Labancz

Premiere: 04.10.2013

Duration: 2 h 30 min / Pause: Yes

The Painting Hall
31 Jan 2023 19:00
12 Feb 2023 19:00
17 Feb 2023 19:00

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A comedy about conjugal hell, as most of us call the institution of marriage, this show proposes to the audience - for whom a matrimony of over forty years can seem as downright utopia - an eulogy of family life.

A text as modern today, as it was when written in 1948, through the mastery of its construction and dialogs and through the humour and irony of the lines, Little Hell is a veritable comedy of human condition. A play in which we will discover if the burden of marriage is easier to bear in three and if the little inferno of matrimony can turn into Paradise.

Translated by: Toncu Mihai

MTTLC, The University of Bucharest



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Mother in law: Rodica Popescu Bitănescu Wife: Ilinca Goia
Iuliana Moise
Husband: Liviu Lucaci The doctor: Marius Rizea
The courtesan: Dragoş Stemate Officer`s servant: Daniel Badale
The secretary: Fulvia Folosea

" ... a sincere, honest, viable show.(...) The youngerones (consumers especially of new, even eccentric shapes and stylistics) will be able to discover a possible success formula on Romanian scenes. It would be translated like this: a pertinent cast with popular actors, a discreet staging, efficient and a text in whose truth anyone can find himself or herself, sooner or later. "

Razvana Nita, - Family – the safest Paradise  

"The cast folds itself ontothe directorial concept and serves it remarkably. Because both key and secondary roles are performed beyond reproach. (...) Ileana Stana Ionescu ... The actress has magical means of expression applied to the character, whoappears as a seemingly innocent old lady, but who spies every manifestation in the family and comments it by nuancing the comic sense of the retort. He is avoiding any revelatory exaggeration to bring the character to the forefront and continuously supports the relationship with its partners, thus achieving a great role. (...) "Little Hell" shall once again win the bet with the Grand Audience, offering a long-lasting comedy show because it also benefits from an elite cast whose talent the director has speculated for a quality comedy. "

Ileana Lucaciu, Spectator - "Little Hell" - Promises a … long-lasting comedy  

"Little Hell is a play about marriage. Despite the title, it's pro marriage, whose difficulties are not ignored, but the author thinks they can be overcome with tact and humour. The scenes in which each of the spouses (Ilinca Goia and Liviu Lucaci) alienates the partner’s lovers, tricking them, are anthological: alert and casual, they induce an optimism that is hard to live, otherwise, in the present age: everything is possible, if people love each other... (...). In her role as a mother-in-law, Ileana Stana Ionescu, who, 40 years ago, in Sica Alexandrescu’s enactment, played the wife’s role, is delicious. She also humanizes the "institution" of the mother-in-law ... "

Iaromira Popovici, The Old Dilemma No. 505 - The Theatre of Pleasure   

"The Painting Hall has received the "baptism of fire", with a premiere which shall certainly have great success to the audience: "Little Hell" by Mircea Stefanescu, directed by Mircea Cornisteanu. (...) As expected, the highlight of the show is Ileana Stana Ionescu, absolutely magistral in the role of the mother-in-law. I have always admired the unusual naturalness in the embodiment of her characters and she did not disappoint me this time either. "

Gabriela Hurezean, Museums and Arms - NTB: "Little Hell" with the great Ileana Stana Ionescu    

"The story is classic and the performers create the perfect environment to discover it. The decor changes over the three acts. We can see the luxury car, projected on the background that changes with the passage of years (meaning the social status of that time), good quality furniture, exquisite meals, clothes and music. We are the guests of the Arbore family, consisting of the mother-in-law - exceptional and distinguished, Ileana Stana Ionescu, the wonderful and fresh wife Ilinca Goia, the fabulous husband Liviu Lucaci, along with the faithful friend of a lifetime, Marius Rizea and their humble servant, Mielu - Daniel Badale. We will discover their beautiful life, the love story that keeps them united for so long, but also the secrets they hide."

Georgiana Ene, The Metropolis Newspaper - Little Hell, Descent into Conjugal Hell   

"The show – certainly vivid, entertaining, spiritually created by Mircea Cornisteanu (set designer: Clara Labancz) - is remarkable through the picturesque and the atmosphere (a comic permeable to emotion), through modern - ironic fructification (according to the stylizations of the text) and conquers through rhythm, pace, scenic effects. As usually inspired, Cornisteanu has carefully selected and welded an excellent team, which gives energetic relief to the situations and the ideal glow of "badinage".

We find here Ilinca Goia and Liviu Lucaci, in a shape that shows personality, charm, disinclination, exuberance and fun. We appreciate the typologies and convincing performance proposed by Marius Rizea (Doctor), Dragoş Stemate (Courtesan), Daniel Badale (Officer's Servant) and Fulvia Folosea (Secretary).

Ileana Stana Ionescu and Rodica Popescu-Bitanescu offer, each in her own way, an unforgettable acting feast."

Natalia Stancu, Jewish Reality – Old Plays, but Unwrinkled  


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu


Presented within the Theatre Festival of Caracal, May 2016


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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