Describe The Night OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 5, 2017
    Closing:
    December 24, 2017

    Theater: Atlantic Theater Co. Linda Gross Theater / 336 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play by Rajiv Joseph (Atlantic’s Guards at the TajBengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Describe The Night

    Real Russians and Fake News in ‘Describe the Night’

    Jesse Green

    December 5, 2017:

    The most disgusting and probably the most memorable part of Rajiv Joseph’s play “Describe the Night” is the soup served in the second act.

    It’s called qureshi and it’s made with live leeches. According to the old lady who ladles out portions to a young woman and a mysterious visitor sitting at her table in Dresden in 1989, it’s a Polish delicacy, and here’s how you eat it:

    Prick your fingertips with a needle. Place them in the bowl. Wait until the leeches, having clamped themselves onto your flesh and sucked your blood, are fully engorged, then pluck them and plop them back into the soup. Add red pepper to burn their flesh. Chow down!

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