Karl Marx, one of the most influential philosophers of all time, one year before the new millennium, in 1999, is brought back to the world stage by professor and peace activist Howard Zinn. Mono drama Marx in Soho brings the famous philosopher to planet Earth for one whole hour when the audiences have an opportunity to see him as an unemployed citizen, a persecuted intellectual, contemporary with Bakunin and Heine, strongly supportive of the Paris Commune, but also a family man fighting for a world that is more just. In a comic and exciting way Vladica Milosavljević, in the role of Karl Marx, asks some very important questions and talks about topics such as poverty, equality, compassion and solidarity in this day and age.
Vladica Milosavljević is capable of such transformations, she is both Marx and Bakunin, the founder of collectivist anarchism, but also Marx’s wife and his daughter, a narrow-minded clerk, man and woman, but also someone who lives in the times of the Paris Commune in 1871. All that we observe quite naturally, with our belief firmly suspended. Ilić made a very clever move by choosing a text which, besides erudition also possesses humour. On a stage that is small but sufficiently large for this story, and with the help of effective and minimalist set design by Vojislav Klačar, the director managed to achieve two most important things – to communicate through the text not in a picket fence manner but in a more humane and entertaining way and help Vladica Milosavljević tap into all her wells of creativity, energy and playfulness. And managing to direct a production and hide all the cuts and interventions is no mean feat. (…) Marx, as portrayed by Milosavljević and Ilić (…) with his smooth cheeks of a child, is shown in his human form, with all his qualities and shortcomings.