Εθνικό Θέατρο

The general secretary

by Elias Kapetanakis

From 26.01.2017 to 04.03.2017

EXPERIMENTAL STAGE (-1) - REX THEATER - KATINA PAXINOU STAGE

The General Secretary is one of the most important examples of modern Greek drama.  In it, Elias Kapetanakis develops and enhances the comic theatre of his era, castigating political and social corruption and the effect they have on family life.

Fawning behaviour, slavish deference to all things foreign, matchmaking, political corruption, clientelism, fraud, hypocrisy and theft are all paraded before us as motley characteristics of the new Greece. But at the same time, the naivete, imagination and innocence of some of the characters create a humorous image in a game of roles and masks that is almost carnivalesque.


This production by the ATONAl Theatre Group experiments with elements of slapstick comedy that run through the genre from Kapetanakis and the Marx Brothers to Gogol and the Theatre of the Absurd. The use of music accentuates the satire, positioning the grotesque at the heart of the performance. The central concept of the production is that ridiculousness is a fundamental aspect of the human condition, imbued with comic inevitability and tragic impotence.
 

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The general secretary

by Elias Kapetanakis

EXPERIMENTAL STAGE (-1) - REX THEATER - KATINA PAXINOU STAGE

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