One-act adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose”
A self-important politician wakes up one morning and discovers that his nose has gone missing.
TheIs there anything funnier than a larger-than-life nose onstage? And no, we’re not talking Cyrano. The Nose is a story of celebrity and ego, of breaking the rules, and love. It’s a not-too-familiar tale of a barber’s careless mistake, a politician’s center of attention disease, and the absurd things that happen every day if we take the trouble to notice them. Politico Konstantin Kovalev is a puffed up, self-important man. He wakes up one morning and finds his nose has gone missing. Worse, it shows up in town wearing his new suit, rescuing lost dogs, becoming more popular than he ever was. Ivan the barber long dreamed about “accidentally” cutting off Kovalev’s nose. He’s alarmed to see that it’s actually happened and fears the consequences. Kovalev tries to track down his nose, all the while avoiding the romantic advances of Magda the milliner, who wants to fix him up with her daughter. It all turns out well in the end.