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Little-known Lithuanian theater group big hit in China

2014-12-18 15:41:33

(Global Times)


Although not very well known, OKT has been to China before.

In 2007, the troupe performed Romeo and Juliet. However, the troupe's performance of Hamlet has put them on the map.

"They put a lot of effort into it. It has very detailed script. For those of us who have studied Shakespeare, we become especially excited to see it performed in such an interesting manner," Shen said.

Unlike other plays where characters that no longer have a role head off stage to remove their makeup and get on with their day, director Oskaras Korsunovas takes everything backstage and puts it right on stage where everyone can see. Towards the end of the play characters that died earlier on can be seen sitting in front of mirrors removing their makeup as the still living characters continue on with the play. At one point Horatio, who is getting ready to start a new journey dons a Peking Opera mask.

"We put everything on stage. In this way, the message of the play takes on two different layers," explained Korsunovas.

Shen recalled what a senior theater critic from Germany told him before he went to see the play in Poland back in 2009.

"This play is going to be different. It's extremely unique."

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