I was a little hesitant about seeing this play. Having read War and Peace a long time ago I couldn't imagine how anyone could pull this off with all the characters involved. I also thought it would be too heavy a plot to keep things lively. Once again I was pleasantly surprised thanks to the marvelous creativity and talent of off Broadway theater. The stage is set in a nightclub setting presenting a theater in the round in reverse. The performers are so close you can literally touch them (or have a shot of vodka with them). The story was not hard to follow since the characters are cleverly introduced over and over in the beginning of this well constructed show. Everything clicked in this presentation. All performers including the orchestra were brilliant and extremely talented. To me the real stars of the show were Dave Malloy for his stunning adaption of Tolstoy's War and Peace and Rachael Chavkin for her brilliant direction and musical staging. If you want a magical theatrical experience which will keep you aching for more you have to see this show. Now if you will excuse me I have to have another shot of Smirnoff. Nazdrovye!!!
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