Tonight, February 11, is the opening night of “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration” by Václav Havel at the Reduta Theater. The piece is performed for the 5th time at the NdB. The play deals with the human condition and the difficulty of the main character Huml not to get lost in his thoughts and therefore not to get lost. Photo credit: Patrik Borecky
Brno, February 11 (BD) – A new production of Vaclav Havel’s “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration” will be staged by the drama department of the National Theater in Brno (NdB). The fast-paced comedy features distinctive costumes and sets in the same spirit as when the play was created. Directed by Martin Glaser, this is the fifth time the play has been staged at the NdB. Opening night is February 11 at the Reduta Theater.
Václav Havel’s comedy was written in 1968 for the Na zábradlí theatre. Although it deals with a modern innovation – an intelligent computer – and therefore satirizes pseudo-science, the central theme is the human condition, perceived through the mechanical repetition of the same task and the refusal constantly solving a problem. Eduard Huml, the main character, is a scientist, unable to decide between his wife and her lover. His condition is that of a man whose mind loses the ability to conceptually strive for something, or even to orient itself in time. The character loses sight not only of place and time, but also of the meaning of his existence.
“In a sense, his plays are really ‘difficult,’ because they will only entertain those who want to keep their brains busy while watching them,” said director Martin Glaser, of Václav Havel. “But at the same time, he is a true creator of fully committed theatre. He offers perfect comic situations, human characters observed with precision, a perfect knowledge of the functioning of a theater, he knows by heart the principles of drama and comedy, and offers us his distinctive vision of ancient and functional genres. And because he is truly a genius author, he adds his personal touch to the edifice of his predecessors who developed drama and comedy centuries before him.
Huml will be played by Tomáš David, his wife by Hana Tomáš Briešt’anská. The mistress is played by Zuzana Černá, Veronika Lapková’s stenographer. Other roles will be held by Tereza Groszmannová, Roman Blumaier, Viktor Kuzník and Jan Grygar.
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