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A central theme of Ostrovsky's plays is the inevitable struggle between the demands of personal morality and and those dictated by social propriety. In this grim drama, the dramatist sketches a tragic incident arising from the conflict of two social classes: the petty tradesmen and the nobility. From the coarse environment of the first emerge honest, upright natures like Krasnov, the earnest shokeeper; from the superficial, dawdling culture of the second come weak-willed triflers like the ineffectual landowner, Babayev. The sordid plot sweeps on to its inexorable tragic conclusion with tremendous force.
Valentin Pavlich Babayev - Robert Curran
Lev Rodionych Krasnov and Karp - Marty Krz
Tatyana Danilovna and Ulyana Rodionivna Kuritsyna - Amy Soakes
Lukerya Danilovna Zhmigulin - Vee McGuire
Arkhip - Denis Daly
Afonya and Prokofyevna - Grace Keller Scotch
Manulo Kalinych Kuritsyn and Shishgalev - John Burlinson