A cast of three plays a cast of about eight or nine characters- that’s what a Fringe show is all about, right? Cocooned in Kazan tells a good story in a small space with a limited number of props. It’s a tale of a young man and his lady servants, and the hunt for love and fortune.
Russian bachelor Constantine is summoned from St. Petersburg to his home town of Kazan to mourn the loss of his mother. He’s got a reputation as a love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy, but his mother aims to change that from beyond the grave. The trio tells the story with a lot of physical comedy (the train ride was a fav of mine), many quick costume changes, and a lot of imagination. The humor ranges from punny to innuendo funny. And yes, the entire audience laughed at the line, “I like balls, ” every time it was spoken (how could you not?).
Royal Kung Foolery is the London-based production company performing Cocooned in Kazan in the US this summer. Their show moves along well and the jokes are funny. And, it turns out, when they offer you a shot, the vodka is real.
Photo courtesy of Dan Axler