Czech theater returns with modern black comedy “Dad Takes a Shot” – Brno Daily
Czech theater returns after pandemic lockdowns with a new production of Jiří Pokorný’s dark and menacing comedy “Dad Takes a Shot”. Photo credit: Danny Aboud.
Brno, Oct. 7 (BD) – Shoot (idiom): shoot with a gun, throw a ball towards a goal; shoot + to: try to hit, make a hurtful remark, attempt to do something successfully; take a shot + of: drink strong alcohol. This all happens in “Dad Takes a Shot” (this piece is not suitable for young audiences, in case it is not obvious). Czech theater, zs is delighted to take a hit – a second hit – to this play.
In September 2020, in the face of the pandemic, the Czech Theater completed the final performance of Karel Čapek’s marvelous “Makropulos Secret” and organized auditions for their next play, “Dad Takes a Shot” by Jiří Pokorný (translated by David Short ). The cast had completed four rehearsals when the coronavirus count reached a point where the government again closed theaters; to continue was impossible.
The Czech Theater is a multicultural theater; some of the actors have returned to their countries of origin. It is an amateur theater; when a hobby was removed, some actors took on other hobbies. By the time they were finally able to meet in person to rehearse, half the team was gone. In September 2021, the Czech Theater again organized auditions.
According to Anne Johnson, one of the founders of the Czech Theater, “As sad as it was to lose some actors, it was a pleasure to welcome new faces and restart the process of creating a show, live and in person.” The Czech Theater is a community theater; making it possible for the people of Brno to come together and enjoy a Czech play in English is one of its main goals.
“Dad Takes a Shot” was written by Jiří Pokorný and is dedicated to the famous HaDivadlo director from Brno, Jan Antonín Pitínský. It won the Alfred Radok Prize in 1997. Czech theater uses David Short’s translation (although the slang vocabulary has been changed from Short’s choice of British English to make it accessible to the public, many of whom do not speak English as their mother tongue). The language of the piece – raw, raw, poetic – is one of its attractions, and this poetry shines through in the performance.
The play is not as well known as some plays in the Czech Theater, but it is recognizable by its Czech tone. It starts out as a naturalistic story of a group of drunks in a nonstop pub, and then escalates violently into a dark comedy.
Performances will take place at the Music Lab on October 30 and 31 and November 6 and 7. The venue is small and we recommend purchasing tickets online through smsticket, as shows are often sold out in advance. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test will be required for entry.
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