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Loose Knit

by Theresa Rebeck

Loose Knit

by Theresa Rebeck

Translation: Andreea Bibiri
Ion Caramitru
Coordinator Assistant:
Patricia Katona
Florilena Popescu Fărcăşanu
Călin Țopa
Cristi Șimon, Ionel Manolea
Dorel Sidorof, Florea Necșoiu
Technical Director:
Paul Tănase

Premiere: 14.09.2018

Duration: 2 h / Pause: No


50 lei

30 lei (balcon, cu reducere pentru elevi, studenți și pensionari)

Show not recommended for minors aged under 14; licentious language

Project achieved within the programme Open Doors to Everyone.

Designated by the New York Times one of the most intelligent comedy of manners, „Loose Knit” is a play abundant in witty, sarcastic and incredibly funny dialogues.

Five friends frequently meet to knit; these knitting parties are, actually, but a mere pretext for talks about the men from their lives or, moreover, about the lack thereof. The humour of these ladies partially conceals a dark picture in which relationships between people develop as difficult as they loosen, like the knitted fabrics which the protagonists of the play create.

„I am a woman, an American, a mother, sometimes I write for the television, sometimes I write movie scripts; I play the piano, I knit, I snap at the universe; I am furious, I am sad; I have a fibre of a comical realism, but also a note of misanthropy and idealism. You can classify both me and my work in many ways. But me, personally, I would rather be considered a playwright.” Theresa Rebeck


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

“The inner dynamism of the play and the frenzy of the exceptional cast catches the audience’s attention.”

Dinu Grigorescu, Radio Cultural Magazine – Exemplary Season Opening at the National Theatre of Bucharest   

“The translation of the play into the show from the National Theatre of Bucharest, coordinated by Ion Caramitru, features a killing feminism. But it is not very lenient with men either. (...) Beyond the real amusement offered by the new show of the National Theatre of Bucharest and the apparent lightness of the comedy, the text – enriched through the enactment and acting performance – proposes several serious topics for thought and quite a few revelations.”

Gabriela Hurezean, Muses and Arms – NTB Premiere: Knitting Feelings. Loosely  

“Aptly gliding between satire and humour, this shows overthrows prejudices and dismantles mentalities (machismo, marriage, friendship). Contradicting the stereotype of housewives, the heroines invite the spectators to better understand that relationships are often built through simple techniques, such as knitting. Loose Knit remains a show from the area of quality entertainment, inviting to honesty in intimacy.”   

Madalina Dumitrache, – When Penelope Knits… - Loose Knit  

“A feminist comedy of manners, with extremely piercing retorts, a more mature “Sex and the city”, more adequate to Romanian and worldwide realities, with characters ascongenial as the ones from the well-known series, but more authentic. Thus, depending on the life stage they are in, almost any woman can recognize herself in one of the characters built with generosity by Theresa Rebeck.”

Alina Gosa, Old and New Bucharest – Loose Knit at NTB  


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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