Incompatibility of Temper: Three Pictures of Moscow Life by Alexander Ostrovsky
Translated by Ethel Voynich
Presented by the Online Stage
Alexander Ostrovsky was the premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, and a true master of realistic satire. His Incompatibility of Temper consists of three sections or “Pictures of Moscow life”.
Despite its patina of humor, the work is a merciless exposé of the commercial middle class dishonesty, and the convenient immorality hiding behind social conventions, which are characteristic of a developing urban society. The most noble character, Serafima, is a compelling mixture of naïveté, whimsicality, sentimentality, and obstinate practicality – one of the finest character portraits in Russian drama.
Cast Prezhnez, the First Coachman and a Person Unknown – Marty Kryz
Madame Prezhnev – Linda Barrans
Paul and the Second Coachman – Tovarisch
Oustinya Filimonovna Pereshkivkina and Outlita Nikitishna – Jennifer Fournier
Karp Karpych and a Footman – John Burlinson
Serafima Karpovna – Lee Ann Howlett
Matryona and a maid servant – Anastasia Durning
Stage directions read by Denis Daly