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Category: South East Europe Culture

Review: The Ratcatcher

Location  Radost Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic Date of Performance May 22, 2024 Language Czech with English language surtitles Photo by Jakub Jíra Jiří Skovajsa as Pied Piper. Reviewed by  Amanda L. Andrei Once upon a time, there was a small German town named Hamelin. When it became plagued by rats, the mayor sought to […]

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Review: MyLifeandMyLife

Author Melinda Mátyus Genre Fiction ISBN 978-1-946604-19-4 Format 140 pages  Language English Publisher Ugly Duckling Presse Reviewed by  Amanda L. Andrei American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote to a family friend, “The heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care.” Her observation is apt for the stark and bold world of […]

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Review: Sevdah: Elegy for a South Imagined

Dubravka Ugrešić’s Lend Me Your Character is a kaleidoscopic amalgamation featuring one novella, seven short stories, and several sections of author’s notes. In classic Ugrešić form, fairy tale elements abound–magic, crass humor, textile allusions to sewing, grotesque imagery, repetition, and warnings fill the pages.

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Review – Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire

 “I can’t remember seeing so much humor in a production of Romeo & Juliet ever before – which was a delight.” A Review of Romeo & Juliet: Love is a FireSanta Monica PlayhouseBy Catharine Dada, PhD. This revisioned dynamic production Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire blends dance and a paired down, and sometimes […]

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Review: Lend Me Your Character

Dubravka Ugrešić’s Lend Me Your Character is a kaleidoscopic amalgamation featuring one novella, seven short stories, and several sections of author’s notes. In classic Ugrešić form, fairy tale elements abound–magic, crass humor, textile allusions to sewing, grotesque imagery, repetition, and warnings fill the pages.

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Review: Night truck driver

Night truck driver, By Marcin Świetlicki Translated from Polish by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese Poetry ISBN 9781938890802 128 pages  Bilingual: Polish and English on facing pages Zephyr Press Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei The world drips. Caught in some kind of thaw, circling a winter on the verge of melting into a dream, or a dream solidifying […]

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Theo Angelopoulos – The Landmark UCLA Retrospective

Review by Malina Stefanovska In the Fall of 2022, the UCLA Film and Television Archive ran a complete retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos, a Greek film director and one of the most famous and beloved filmmakers of South East Europe. The full house of the Billy Wilder theater, the rapt attention of the audience during the […]

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Review: And If I Don’t Behave Then What

Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei Open Fist Theatre Company Through March 4 And If I Don’t Behave Then What L.A. premiere of the new play by Iva Brdar Ovaries on the concrete. Chin and cheek dimples with the sound of a drill. Being polite, kind, and well-behaved in the face of nameless, insidious forces.  The […]

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The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić – Book Review

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender  Translated into English by Celia Hawkesworth Reviewed by Natasha Ravnik While reading Dubravka Ugrešić’s book, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, I wondered if humankind had learned anything. Although Ugrešić wrote this work between 1991 and 1996, when her homeland of Yugoslavia was being destroyed by war, her words remain current.  […]

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Ukraine in the 17th edition of SEEfest

The 2022 South East European Film Festival announces the inclusion of Ukraine in the 17th edition The 2022 South East European Film Festival announced the inclusion of Ukraine in the program, with two outstanding films, the 2022 Sundance directing award winner Klondike by Maryna Er Gorbach and the US premiere of Blindfold by Taras Dron. Both […]

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