The Wolfhound marks the transition between Miroslav Krleža’s early expressionist phase and the more mature period in his opus. The play is thus packed with various theatrical and genre elements, making each staging of the play a unique theatrical event.
The story follows the fate of Krešimir Horvat, a war invalid, philosophy student and journalist who is disenchanted with urban life and decides to leave for the countryside, to the village of Vučjak to work as a teacher, naively believing he would have a peaceful life there. He gets involved in unhealthy relationships with all the wrong women and gets into conflict with the villagers. Horvat’s restless subconscious draws us into the phantasmagoria of his famous dream, and the drama advances to a thrilling conclusion in which there are no winners, only escapees. Vučjak (the wolfhound) isn’t only a name of a village, it is also a metaphor for our battles with our own fears, prejudices and primitivism.
This great ensemble piece provides an excellent anamnesis and a precise diagnosis of some old maladies of this region. Its strong points are the excellent performances, which vividly balance the comic and the tragic aspects of Krleža’s dramatic situations.
Ivica Buljan’s Wolfhound is convincing, brave, entertaining, well-crafted and relevant.
Jutarnji list, December 2014
The CNT Drama ensemble is in full swing in The Wolfhound, and the four hours of the play simply fly by!
Večernji list, December 2014