The night of cultural enlightenment began as we all awaited witnessing the critically acclaimed and somewhat controversial play called “Producenti”. Coming into this was IBDP Cohort 2022 accompanied by Mgr. Renata Závodná, Mgr. Eva Kupčová, and Mgr. Tomáš Juřica, and none of us knew what was to come. The expectations were high, and the atmosphere was wonderful.
Slowly entering the auditorium, we saw the stage on which the play was to take place. One could only observe in awe, as the Broadway lights shined down onto us. Sitting down in our places our confidence in the presumed quality of the play only grew.
As the play began, we were met with a hilarious character by the name of Max Bialystock, whose deteriorating career has just been hit with the killing blow. And his name has been soaked in the sewage of writers by his recent failures. On his knees, Mr Bialystock was prone to make some dubious decisions and along with his partner, Leo Bloom, they pursued their strange goal, creating the worst play Broadway has ever seen. Having a play starring a homosexual of questionable reputation taking on the role of Adolf Hitler, a successful failure is next to guaranteed… right?
The idea that the play builds upon is a unique one, to say the least. It would be an understatement to say that it is slightly incorrect, yet it is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining plays you can see in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre. Written by Thomas Meehan – a successful American playwright with many renowned works under his belt – and Mel Brooks – a writer, an actor, and the master of parody, whose career has spanned over seven decades – it was next to guaranteed, that the play would be a sight for sore eyes. Directed by Gabriela Petráková – a long-standing member of the musical team within the theatre – whose creativity, conception, and interpretation directed the play towards a path of exciting potential. Yet, it was the stellar performance of the actors which propelled the exhilarating play through the stratosphere. As the play was ending loud cheers and applause almost shook the auditorium and many faces could be seen leaving the theatre perplexed yet thrilled by the stunning display.
Personally, I was amazed by how well the musical suited me. The parody, the uniqueness, and the sheer brilliance behind both the play’s writing and the performance of the actors had me falling out of my seat laughing. While it is true the core idea of the play is somewhat controversial, I do not think I could find a play so hilarious, which would fit right into my sense of humour. Backed by the great music the orchestra provided and the astonishing singing of the actors, I was left speechless leaving the theatre. In conclusion, if you are a fan of musicals and find controversial and partially incorrect parodies entertaining, I would more than recommend paying the theatre a visit for the unique experience the play “Producenti” has to offer.