CULTURE

Aliki opens again, with a musical

The celebrated Aliki Theater entered a new chapter in its illustrious life at the end of last week. Showcasing a larger stage and 300 fewer seats than before, the theater welcomed its first members of the audience for «Cinecitta,» a new musical by Thanassis Papathanassiou and Michalis Reppas. The Aliki is the first of three theater venues to open as part of the renewed City Link complex (formerly the Army Pension Fund building on the Voukourestiou – Stadiou – Panepimistiou block). Its opening will be followed by those of the Pallas and Mikro Pallas (Little Pallas). Listed for preservation, the theater’s remodeling followed the construction’s original character – a cabaret venue in the mid-war period originally known as Maxim’s. Subsequently, the theater was purchased by national Greek star Aliki Vouyiouklaki. (A collection of the late, popular actress’s memorabilia can be viewed in the theater’s lobby.) As for the current production, «Cinecitta,» follows two mature prostitutes (interpreted by Maria Kavoyianni and Tzessi Papoutsi) who try their luck in the blossoming film industry of Rome in the 1950s. The production’s original music and songs were composed by Aphroditi Manou.