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The Letters

1201 North Royal Street Alexandria

The Letters by John W. Lowell, and directed by John Vreeke, takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union. The Director calls Anna, a bureaucratic functionary, into his office, and a tense verbal and psychological cat and mouse game ensues. It represents a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin and the effort to edit/suppress/censor the writings of prominent artists. Based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of Tchaikovsky. An intense psychological drama: still timely, still universal, perfect for our intimate theatre setting. Featuring two of MetroStage’s favorite actors: Susan Lynskey seen at MetroStage in The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Ghost-Writer (Helen Hayes nomination), and Michael Russotto seen here in Rough Crossing and Lonely Planet.

Thru - Jun 14, 2015

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $50 - $55

Running Time: 1 hrs, 30mins

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The historical censorship plot taps into our own anxiety about surveillance states, with Lowell probing the psychological effects of being perpetually monitored in the name of security. The actors don't miss a nuance. Russotto, whose recent turn as the morbidly obese figure in "The Whale" at Rep Stage is already one of this year's most memorable performances, plays the director as a terrifying tactician. Lynskey's Anna hangs on his every word, her eyes darting as she tabulates options and coolly staring him down whenever she gets the upper hand. It all adds up to a nifty suspense."
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Nelson Pressley

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Two actors in a relentless cat and mouse exchange, unexpected plot changes, and an emotional roller coaster makes for a masterful psychological thriller in The Letters at Alexandria's MetroStage."
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Brian Bochicchio

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

On the surface, The Letters refers to communications written by the beloved Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to his male lover – letters so full of explicit “degenerate” material that the government gets involved to “purge” and clean them up.
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Debbie Jackson

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