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World Premiere of Madman at Playhouse

By Michael Gottlieb

Nikolai Gogol’s classic Russian story, Diary of a Madman, has been adapted by Alan Jordan and plays through November 29 at the San Miguel Playhouse. There are only eight performances, including two matinees. Jordan was last seen in the highly successful productions of I Am My Own Wife.

Diary of a Madman
Thu, Fri, Sat, Nov 19, 20, 21, 7pm
Thu, Fri, Sat, Nov 26, 27, 28, 7pm
Sun, Nov 22 and 29, 3pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Independencia 82
US$15 or 200 pesos

In anticipation of this world premiere, the Playhouse is reducing the number of seats available to accommodate Jordan’s preference for an intimate salon type theater experience. Seating is limited and all seats are reserved.

“Diary” satirizes the rampant petty officialdom of the bureaucracy in 1830s St. Petersburg. Some have interpreted it as going beyond this to become an allegory about the political state of Russia at the time, revealing Gogol’s view of the government from the standpoint of a lowly citizen. The story also portrays the average man’s quest for individuality in a seemingly indifferent urban city. Diary of a Madman remains astonishingly relevant and comedic … part farcical comedy and part tragedy.

The story has been adapted for the stage several times, notably a production a few years back in New York starring Geoffrey Rush. And now, it’s been given new life by veteran actor/director Alan Jordan. Jordan’s long career includes starring roles at New York’s Circle Repertory Company, Manhattan Theater Club, and Playwrights Horizon, as well as Canada’s Stratford Festival, Globe Theater, and St. Lawrence Centre. He toured the United States in national companies of the musicals Applause, Shenandoah, and 1776. Television and film credits include, Hill Street Blues, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knight Rider, Fall Guy, Friday the 13th, The Young and the Restless, and Santa Barbara. Jordan’s very successful productions of House and I Am My Own Wife both debuted in San Miguel de Allende before touring.

Audience members can simply and easily purchase their reserved seats online at as well as at the San Miguel Playhouse box office, Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm, or at the door one hour before show time


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