Hanuma: a Comedy in Russian
The theatrical season at AUBG for the spring 2015 semester continued with a light Georgian accent. On Saturday, April 18, AUBG students witnessed a reenaction of the famous Georgian play “Hanuma,” performed entirely in Russian.
Georgian playwright Avksentiy Tsagareli’s work was performed in the ABF theater at 6 p.m. Fourth-year student Ivan Onoshko, who had previously directed a number of plays, including “Number 13,” directed this one as well.
“Hanuma” is a story about two matchmakers, who fight to get broken-down Lord Vano Pantiashvili married to two totally different brides.The play takes place in Tiflis, in the Armenian quarter Avlabar at the end of XIX century.
Hanuma (Daria Glukhova), the best matchmaker in town, and Kabato (Ksenia Kapranova), her number one competitor, are creating all kinds of complicated schemes to make Lord Pantiashvili (Said Malikov) choose his future wife according to their personal preferences.
On the one hand, there is beautiful, quasi-educated 16-year-old Sona Mikichna (Olga Fetisova). Among her best qualities is her father Mikich Katryants (Petru Sandul), who is willing to give a significant dowry to whomever she marries. He wants his daughter to marry Lord Pantiashvili and the only reason for that is his royal title.
Yet, Sonya doesn’t want to marry an old lord. Her heart belongs to the Pantiashvili’s nephew, hired by Mikich Katryants to be Sona’s teacher – Kote Pantiashvili (Anatoly Prekrasnyy). With the help of Mikich’s personal assistant, Akop (Onoshko), she rushes from Hanuma to Kabato in hopes of escaping Lord Vano. What follows is a denouement, resulting in three unexpected weddings.
Before the beginning of the play, Onoshko said that a lot of effort went into the project. The end result was more than anyone expected. Every person in the audience did not stop laughing throughout the whole play. The characters completed each other yet were more than entertaining on their own, and the lighthearted atmosphere that prevailed on stage found its way into the evening of each person that attended the play.