OPINION

February 1, 1957

SOLOMOS CENTENARY: New York – Harvard University’s school of religious studies is organizing a symposium to mark the centenary of the death of Greece’s national poet, Dionysis Solomos. ‘THE SEAGULL’ BY SOLOMOS: (From a review by Cleanthis Paraschos): The National Theater is performing the first of four important plays by Anton Chekhov, «The Seagull»… director Alexis Solomos has managed to portray the brutal, tragic essence of the play without detracting from the value of any of the details. People, movement, emotions, passions, everything from the beginning to the end were all retained in an atmosphere like nothing else. The sets were realistic, as were the costumes, greatly helping to set the scene. Considering the interpretations, one can truly say that the performance is one of the best by the National Theater in recent years. Heading the cast was Kyveli, at the peak of her powers. She was loving, vain, harsh – almost brutally so – superficial, selfish, all of these at once and successively. Also excellent were Vasso Manolidou in the role of Nina Nikolayevna, Lykourgos Kalergis in the role of Dr Dorn – no one could have done better.