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Theatrical Roles

Lyubov Orlova

"I’ll never be older than 39, not a single day older!" (Patrick Campbell, English actress)

"One of my plays was produced on the stage in the Academic Theatre named after Mossovet in 1970-s. Once I had been going by elevator in the Theatre and one woman had entered the elevator. She was in dark glasses. I couldn't recognize her and puzzled over the riddle: who was she? I knew quite well a lot of actresses of the Theatre but couldn't yet identify that lady. Her fugure was svelte and perfectly-formed, her legs were lovely, her clothes was fantastic. We had got off the elevator and she had taken glasses off. I shrieked out: "A-a!!!" She had asked: "What's happened with you?" It was Lyubov Orlova and she was 70."

Vitaly Vulf, a famous Russian art reviewer and playwright


Roles in plays at the Academic Theatre named after Mossovet, director Yuri Zavadski TheatreTheatreColleagues





“Russian Question”, (first Orlova’s appearance – 1949). A play of a playwright Konstantin Simonov. Directors – Yuri Zavadsky and Irina Anisimova-Vulf. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Jessie Smith.

Simonov, Konstantin Mikhailovich. Born on November 18, 1915 (November 28, Old Style). Simonov was sent on several trips aboard as a literary ambassador, including one famous trip to the United States in 1946 along with Ilya Ehrenburg. Simonov saw New York , Hollywood , and Detroit . And he returned to the Soviet Union with a brand new Cadillac. After his return, Simonov produced a play with an American theme: Russian Question (Russkii Vopros, 1947). This play features an American reporter Harry Smith who disseminates disinformation about the Soviet Union . He later repents, but suffers serious consequences as a result.


“Somov and others”, (first Orlova’s appearance– 1953). A play of a playwright Maxim Gorky. Director – Irina Anisimova-Vulf. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Lidia.

Gorky, Maxim [1868-1936]: Russian writer. Pen name of Alexei Peshkov. Born in Nizhny- Novgorod (renamed Gorky , 1932 in his honour) he was exiled (1906-13) for his revolutionary principles. His work, which include the play The Lower Depths (1902) and the recollections My Childhood (1913), combine realism with faith in the potential of the industrial proletariat.

Maxim Gorky, born March 16 [March 28, New Style], 1868, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
died June 14, 1936 also spelled   Maxim Gorki,  pseudonym of   Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov  Russian short-story writer and novelist who first attracted attention with his naturalistic and sympathetic stories of tramps and social outcasts and later wrote other stories, novels, and plays, including his famous The Lower Depths.

In 1921, Gorky again went abroad, seeking treatment for his tuberculosis in Germany and Czechoslovakia . He then settled down in Sorrento , Italy . He worked as editor of Dialogue and produced the final installment of his autobiography, My Universities, and the novel The Artamonov Business.
In 1928, amid great public fanfare, Gorky returned to the Soviet Union . He admitted that his position concerning the timing of the October Revolution has been mistaken and that he had underestimated the creative forces of the proletariate in revolution. He was generous in his praise of Stalin, collectivization, and Soviet constrcution projects, including the Belomorsky Canal . He settled down in Moscow and set to writing dramas. He produced the play Somov and Others (1931). This work takes as its theme the sabotage of Soviet industry by engineers; GPU agents show up in the end to arrest the evil engineers.

“Lizzie McKay”, (first Orlova’s appearance – 1955). A play “La Prostitute Respectuese” of a playwright Jean-Paul Sartre ( France ). Directors – Irina Anisimova-Vulf and Grigori Alexandrov. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Lizzie.

Jean-Paul Sartre – one of the best-known and most discussed modern French writers and thinkers – was born in Paris in 1905. His friendship with Simone de Beauvoir, whom he met while studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, stretched over fifty years, until his death in 1980. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of French existentialism and as a man of passion, fighting for what he believed in. Among his best known works are La Nausee (1938), Les Mouches (1943), Huis clos (1944) and the trilogy Les Chemins de la liberté; published in Penguin as The Age of Reason, The Reprieve and The Iron in the Soul.,,0_1000028008,00.html

The Respectable Prostitute, set in the Deep South of America, is concerned with racism, subjugation and the demands of conscience. Written by French playwright Jean Paul Sartre, The Respectable Prostitute depicts the life of a prostitute and an Afro-American, one a victim of society, the other of racial discrimination, and how their lives become intertwined by fate.

‘Nora”, (first Orlova’s appearance – 1958). A play “Doll’s House” of a playwright Henrik Ibsen ( Norway ). Director – Irina Anisimova-Vulf. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Nora Helmer.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was one of the most influential playwrights of his day. His concern was with the contemporary ethical problems underlying his society—that of a bourgoisie bloated with complacency, corrupted by its sense of moral superiority, wallowing in self-righteousness. By emphasizing the social significance of these problems and the human tragedies that result, he achieved a universality that elevated him from Norwegian dramatist of limited scope to one of international appeal.

In A Doll's House (1879), Nora Helmer is the epitome of the bourgeoise wife: pretty, happily empty-headed, devoted to her children, worshipful of her husband, Torvald . She is content to devote herself to him; to take his opinions, his tastes as her own. In effect, she has sacrificed her identity to him. He, in turn, regards her as his “squirrel,” his “singing bird,” a little doll, who cannot to be taken seriously, because, of course, she’s not supposed to be serious. That would mean she has a mind and a personality of her own, and that goes against the “rules” of their society. So she lives safely coccooned from the world, until forces she unwittingly sets in motion destroy that world and she comes face to face with the reality of her life.

The plot, seemingly simple, becomes increasingly complex, as layers of deceit are revealed. Years earlier, Nora’s husband, Torvald, was in need of help. Unbeknownst to him, she contracted a debt to meet this need. She brags to her friend Kristine Linde that her husband knows nothing about the debt and she secretly has taken in work to pay it off. She is proud that she of this accomplishment and speaks of how much pleasure it gave her to work “just like a man.”

It is Nora who carries the play, its success—or failure—rests on her shoulders. She is properly childlike at the beginning, prone to telling her husband little white lies, fully believing in Torvald’s ability (indeed, his willingness) to keep her safe. But this belief is challenged when Nils Krogstad, the man she borrowed the money from, shows up and threatens to destroy her unless she prevents Torvald from firing him. For the first time in her life she must deal with a serious problem on her own. At first, she believes she can keep her life the way it is by keeping Krogstad at bay and lying to Torvald to keep him from finding out her secret. As she struggles to keep Krogstad at bay and Torvald ignorant of her dilemma the facade she presents to the world begins to crumble. By the end of the play, we have seen Nora’s transition into an adult woman who fully understands the price of that adulthood and is willing to pay it.

One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen’s genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women’s rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll’s house."

Download text of Doll’s House A Play by Henrik Ibsen

“Dear Liar”, (first Orlova’s appearance – 1963). A play “Dear Liar: a Comedy of Letters” of a playwright Jerome Kilty ( USA ), adapted from the correspondence between Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell. Director – Grigori Alexandrov. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Stella Campbell (Miss Pat).


Эт “If you give me one kiss and you can only kiss me if I say « kiss me » and I will never say « kiss me » because I am a respectable widow and I wouldn't let any man kiss me unless I was sure of the wedding ring” .

This is an excerpt from one of the letters written by British actress Patrick Campbell to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The play "Dear Liar" by Jerome Kilty is an adaptation of the two–person stage play based on their correspondence. The Dublin-born writer and the actress were both married to different persons at the time of their passionate communication. Written in 1957 the play, which spans over 40 years, derives the drama from an anthology of letters that the two wrote to each other.

Shaw In Love

It is difficult for a reviewer to critique a show centering on a subject that interests them, as they become unsure how much their reaction is to the subject matter as opposed to the production. I have run into one of those scenarios this evening with the Jerome Kilty's two-person play Dear Liar. Being an ardent student and admirer of George Bernard Shaw, and having enjoyed the material that is central to this work, his love letters with the great Victorian/Edwardian actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, I already have a bias that guarantees my enjoying this production…

From initial flirtatious inquiry through passions, theatrical collaborations, wars, and personal battles, Irish playwright G.B. Shaw carried on an unsubtle extramarital affair with British actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Both were strong-willed, separately married, and desperately taken with each other, even when arguments occurred over the publication of the many letters that continued to be exchanged long after the initial passion of their early relationship. In this play, actors allow the audience to watch them take on the personas of this prickly duo, and proceed to believably age the 40 years of their love affair.

It is more the work of actors and director that make this evening succeed as well as it does. The script, while propelled forward by the cunning words of the cantankerous Shaw, and the crafty repartee of Campbell , does not have enough action within to fully keep a viewer's attention. This is a word play, requiring extraordinary attention from audience members to keep up with the verbal sparring.

In performance, actors are exemplary. Miss Pat’s initial coy sexiness makes Mr. Shaw youthful follies completely understandable. She creates a Campbell with whom it is easy to fall in love. Watching her age from her flirty-thirties to feeble seventies is quite impressive. The actor works quite a bit of magic of his own by showing the many moods of Shaw. He presents the clever, ornery, mischievous, depressed, and righteous facets of this man equally well. His aging process is even more amazing, as he moves from youthful forties to decrepit eighties. Two actors click together to bring to life a tempestuous relationship, and their stage chemistry is what works best of all.

“The Curious Savage”, (first Orlova’s appearance – 1972). A play “The Curious Savage” of a playwright George Patrick (USA). Directors – Leonid Varpakhovsky and Nelly Molchadskaya. Lyubov Orlova plays a part of Ethel Savage.


John Patrick (May 17, 1905 - November 7, 1995) was a US playwright and screenwriter. Born John Patrick Goggan in Louisville , Kentucky , his parents soon abandoned him and he spent a delinquent youth in foster homes and boarding schools. At age 19, we secured a job as an announcer at KPO Radio in San Francisco , California , marrying Mildred Legaye in 1925. He wrote over one thousand scripts for the Cecil and Sally Show broadcast by NBC between 1929 and 1933. In 1937, Patrick wrote adaptations for NBCs Streamlined Shakespeare series, guest-starring Helen Hayes. Produced to a tight budget, his first play Hell Freezes Over, directed by a tyro Joshua Logan, had a brief run on Broadway in 1935. However, the credit opened the door for him as a Hollywood scriptwriter. In 1942, a second play The Willow and I was produced with Martha Scott and Gregory Peck in the starring roles. Before its first night, Patrick had volunteered for the American Field Service providing medical services in support of the British Army fighting World War II. He served with Montgomerys Eighth Army in Egypt and subsequently saw action in India and Burma where the ideas for his next play The Hasty Heart were germinated. Patrick completed the play on the ship that returned him to the US after the war and it proved a great commercial success, being adapted for the screen in 1949, starring Ronald Reagan, and for TV in 1983.His next two plays, The Curious Savage (1950) and Lo and Behold (1951) fared less well but it was his 1953 stage adaptation of Vern J. Sneiders novel The Teahouse of the August Moon that marked the height of his fame, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for drama. He adapted the play for the screen in 1956.His next play, Good as Gold (1957), was less well received and most of the rest of his career was dedicated to a series of successful screenwriting assignments including:

Three Coins in the Fountain (1954);
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955);
High Society (1956);
Les Girls (1957), earning him an award from the Writers Guild of America;
Some Came Running (1958)
The World of Suzie Wong (1960);
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968).

Following his success with The Hasty Heart, Patrick bought a 65 acre estate called Hasty Hill at Suffern , New York , later moving to Saint Thomas , United States Virgin Islands . His death was adjudged to have been an act of suicide. Patrick is now best remembered for his screen work though his plays remain popular with community theatres.

The play – The Curious Savage, by John Patrick – is about a woman who has inherited quite a bit of money from her husband, who recently passed away. Her three stepchildren think she is going to spend the money foolishly, so they put her in a mental hospital, in which the play is set.
It’s humorous and it shows the human side of the patients in the asylum..

“The Curious Savage,” a play written by John Patrick in 1950. This light-hearted comedy takes place within a sanatorium called The Cloisters, where a wealthy but slightly eccentric widow named Ethel Savage has been placed by her greedy stepchildren, who hope to separate her from a $10 million inheritance. The widow has other plans for the money, and she and her fellow patients seek to foil the stepchildren's schemes in hilarious fashion.

“The Curious Savage” premiered on Oct. 24, 1950 , on Broadway with Lillian Gish in the lead role as Ethel Savage. The production was one of many successful plays for playwright John Patrick, who received the Pulitzer Prize for “The Teahouse of the August Moon” in 1953. His other stage successes include “The Willow and I,” “The Hasty Heart” and “Everybody Loves Opal.” He also achieved success as a film writer with works such as “Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “High Society,” “Les Girls” and “The World of Suzie Wong.” Patrick died in 1995.

Russian Question

Russian question

Russian question

Russian question

Somov and Others

Somov and others

Somov and others

Lizzie McKay

Lisie McKay

Lisie McKay

Lisie McKay

Nora (Doll's House)



Diar Liar

Dear Liar

Dear Liar

Dear Liar

The Curious Savage