Alexander N. Ostrovsky's Even the Wise Can Err, considered a Russian classic comedy, will be produced by Armenian Theatre Company in bi-lingual versions at Theatre Unlimited. The Armenian version will be unveiled Aug. 1, the English version Aug. 6.
The play deals with naked ambition and centers on a young man who arrives at the top of the social ladder only to get his justly-deserved comeuppance. The director is Aramazd Stepanian. Armenian and English translations are by Stephanian and Margaret Wettlin, respectively. Stepanian is an Armenian born in Iran. He obtained a BA degree in politics and drama in Great Britain. He formed the Armenian Theatre Company in London in the mid-70s, moving to Los Angeles in 1990, where he reestablished the bi-lingual company.
In the cast are Claudia Grigorian, Marc Hart, Narris Martirossian, Greg McDonald, Karin Mezler, Kevin Pass, Rick Recco, Ilana Rogel, Stepan Safaloo, Ani Savadian, Alice Zorthian and Stepanian.
Orlovsky (1823-1886) was one of Russia's most-beloved playwrights. Over 50 of his 100 plays are still performed on Russian stages. His specialty was in satirizing the pretensions of the ruling class.
Theatre Unlimited is located at 10943 Camarillo St. in NoHo. For tickets and information call (818) 247-4213. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent