Rules For Good Manners In The Modern World


"In an astute staging, scored (in part) to the Shostakovich waltz, Djukic introduces us to a gimlet-eyed chronicler of pretense and privilege well-known in other parts of the world, and only now getting known here."

Michael J. Phillips
Chicago Tribune, November 2004

"Unlike anything else in town, and in this town that means something. The late French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce wrote "Rules" as an arch, supremely codified how-to lesson in social niceties. In the drolly assured T.U.T.A. American premiere, director Zeljko Djukic uses three women, two as mimetic backup for the woman delivering the spiel. Leisurely but precise, it's a piquant comic experience."

Michael J. Phillips (Rules selected as the best production of the week in Chicago)
Chicago Tribune, November 7, 2004

"For starters, the Chicago-based T.U.T.A. (the Utopian Theatre Asylum) has more of a European aesthetic than most of the companies in this city, with a Bosnian-born director (Zeljko Djukic) and set and costume designer (his wife, Natasha Vuchurovich Djukic) as leaders of the creative team. (...)

Director Djukic never misses a beat, even though Lagarce's "Rules" -- almost a musical score -- is no easy piece to play."

Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times, October 26, 2004

Jean-Luc Lagarce (1957- 1995)

Playwright and director Jean-Luc Lagarce was one of France's most popular and prolific men of the theater before his death in 1995 at age 38.

Author of more than twenty plays, director of works by Feydeau, Gozzi, Ionesco, Marivaux and Moliere, he was also artistic director of Le Theatre de la Roulotte in Besancon.

Lagarce was born in Franche Comté, on February 14, 1957. He studied literature and philosophy at the University of Besancon and theater at the Conservatory of Besancon, where he wrote his first plays.

From 1985 to 1995, plays and directing jobs followed at a frenetic pace. During the 90's many of his plays were helmed by major French directors such as Norday, Jouanneau, Py, Rancillac and Canterella. His plays were translated in German, English, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, and Arab. He won the Leonard de Vinci and Centre National de Lettres prizes.