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Studio Six Theatre’s Itsy Bitsy Spider, Theatre Project

With Itsy Bitsy Spider, Studio Six dove down to the core of Dostoevsky’s The Possessed and staged it as a rediscovery of a critical tipping point in the freakish transformation of a small village into a hotbed of political paranoia. Russian director Alexandre Marine’s relentlessly focused direction mined the dark humor and sexual tension in this classic that is often misread as a bleak political parable. The tight ensemble of Studio Six actors—New York-based, but most of them trained at Moscow Arts Theater School—reminded us that however bizarre, despicable, or saintlike Dostoevsky’s characters are, they are intensely human.

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