A Love Hotel-keeper
Small people in ‘small’ times.
Richie and Suzie are a pair of lovers. He is married, she studies at an art school. They meet on a regular basis in a gloomy room of a formerly posh appartment. The landlord – an old age pensioner called Fána – is happy to rent it so as to improve his financial situation and have a chat every now and then. For Fána and his contemporary, a watchman named Hanzl, the presence of the young couple means a significant enlivening of their monotonous life. However, as the housing crisis grows stronger, the crisis of human relations does too. In his drama A Love Hotel-keeper (1969), Pavel Landovský (1936–2014) made good use of all that used to be characteristic for his acting style: unrestrainedness, distinctive humour, intellect and an outstanding sense of everyday absurdity. The four ‘ordinary people’ characters of his play symbolize a clash of divergent life experiences, desires and values across generations. Landovský had inscribed their life stories into extraordinary acting parts abounding with witty dialogues, grotesque elements and conveying an existential message. Under Štěpán Pácl’s direction the play promises a spontaneous and a ‘full-blooded’ acting performance.
Premiere: at Reduta Theatre on June 9th, 2023