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A Tolstoy Musical With Russian Dinner


That’s what you get with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy‘s electro-pop opera based on Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

It’s being performed at Kazino, a pop-up tent on 13th and Washington, which has been beautifully decked out as a Russian nightclub, complete with Napoleon portraits on the wall looking down at you as you eat (a change from his real-life stance, which always involved looking up).

On our table as we were seated was a seafood tray, dumplings, caviar, borscht, and of course wodka, lots of wodka.

During the intermission, we got salmon and chicken, plus Russian vegetables–and more wodka.

If a Tolstoy novel was somehow turned into food, this would surely be it.

And the show?

Sprawling, well staged, with lots of verve and singing. Some of the songs become repetitive, but Act II develops more texture and leads to the Comet.

And I’m sure you can order more wodka too.