CULTURE

Satire meets song and dance at the Little Pallas

You can make the acquaintance of the Heroes troupe every Monday and Tuesday night at the Little Pallas Theater. The group of young actors, which consists of Giorgos Kormanos, Thanassis Alevras, Matina Nikolaou and Maria Manioti, is staging a satirical show which moves from prose to singing and movement. The group’s driving force is dancer and choreographer Eleni Gassouka, who is credited with various noteworthy projects including the choreography of the Athens Olympics closing ceremony and her participation with the Agamoi Thytai music ensemble. Gassouka appears with her Heroes for the second season in Athens. Following last year’s debut, the show underwent a refreshing facelift of the skits and cast, before taking on a difficult task – the group wants to make the audience laugh with clever satire and sharp commentaries on current affairs, accompanied by song and dance. Similar attempts have been accomplished by Agamoi Thytai, Giorgos Marinos, Jimmys Panoussis and the more recent Speira-Speira group. The Heroes may not be the first group to stage such a show, but what they do have is a fresh outlook and plenty of talent, mostly in the skilled voices of Panos Mouzourakis, Constantinos Kotsadam and Vicky Karatzoglou. Except for a few awkward moments, the performance also provides ample laughter with its many memorable characters, including the gay man from Epirus, the prostitute who is after a television career on the popular soap opera «The Wedding Ring,» the Russian princess traveling with the trans-Siberian railroad, the Greek-Australian immigrant and the failed songwriter, who is also a favorite. Little Pallas Theater, Spyromiliou Arcade & 2 Amerikis, tel 210.321.0025. Mon & Tue, 9.15 p.m. Admission: 18 euros.