Ramona OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 27, 2015
    Closing:
    August 1, 2015

    Theater: Clark Studio Theater / 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York, 10023

    Synopsis: 

    A tragic tale of two trains in love, Ramona takes place in the small railway station of Rioni, where the romantic title character, a shunting engine only able to move 300 meters each way, waits for her heroic locomotive Ermon to return from his journey across the railroads of Russia.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ramona

    ‘Ramona,’ a Puppet Tale About Trains in Love

    Alexis Soloski

    July 30, 2015: “Ramona,” a play from Georgia’s Gabriadze Theater at the Lincoln Center Festival, stars two star-crossed steam locomotives. You could say it’s about the romance of travel, though here that romance ends in an unusually tearful scene of smelting. In just over an hour, this puppet show, set in the postwar Soviet Union, tackles freedom and duty, love and death, and metallurgy. The winsome Ramona is a shunting engine, relegated to tootling up and down a small railroad station in the Rioni region. Her lover is Ermon, a strapping hunk of horsepower. When he is sent to help rebuild infrastructure in Siberia, Ramona pines away for months and then years. But she regains a sense of purpose when a couple of dodgy circus impresarios persuade her to carry their troupe over the mountain pass to the spa town of Tskaltubo to rescue their circus tent and their livelihood. Then their star tightrope walker is injured, and these mountebanks demand from Ramona a further, aerodynamically unlikely sacrifice.

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