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Magic 4D: a great comedy

Just ten days ago, you could have read about Friedrich Dürrenmatt's "The Physicists". Because this is another blog entry about a play in the Pilsner Chamber Theater, you must start to think that I am the ultimate theater addict. In order to preserve this generous and precious belief of yours, I won't tell you how many times in my life I have been to a theater.

Tonight, it was the world premiere of Mr Antonín Procházka's comedy on extra dimensions and other human stories, "Magic 4D". (AP, Pilsen's Moliere, was the key male actor, playwright, as well as director: and he turned out to be an amazing magician, too.) My job was one of a physics endorser: the physics behind the play was almost entirely accurate. But as a viewer, let me say: I loved it. ;-)



Mr Antonín Procházka as magician Felix.

This is too hot a topic so I won't offer you full spoilers, just an assorted description of some characters, possible events, and technologies employed in the play. If you know someone who influences a foreign theater, your humble correspondent really recommends you to get in touch with the writer (e.g. via me) and import the play because it deserves it.




The play features an aging magician, Felix, who had won a TV contest (called Talentphobia) a decade ago and is still making his living as a magician. His partner, Vanda, has been his assistant but she isn't too satisfied with this life. A company represented by Oskar is focusing on the professional destruction of relationships between people of opposite sex, using a novel method that I will keep in secret. ;-)



Aurelia with sleeping Oskar in Felix's circus caravan.

Aurelia is arguably the main female character. This current green enthusiast who is full of energy and ideals used to be the runner-up in the TV contest; the acting by the young Pilsner actress from a family of actors was just another impressive feature of the play. Her lover, Igor, is a bureaucrat at the ministry of environment who may always find some exception when someone needs to build something in a national park, e.g. a little villa with an airport and – I am sure that the Russian readers will forgive – an orthodox church. ;-) Aurelia's father is Hubert, an old physicist resembling Einstein in many ways. His wife is Judith who likes a tiger outfit. There is an inappropriate relationship in this family that I don't want to describe in detail. ;-)



Oskar with Aurelia; Felix; Judith and Hubert.

Hubert has used CERN's plans to construct his own model of a particle accelerator. I won't tell you any details but the magician may confuse it with his magic box and send a woman to an extra dimension. The extra dimension is warped, as in the Randall-Sundrum geometry (the play only talks about string theory and its extra dimensions), so the linear dimensions and visibility depends on the position in the extra RS dimension. People who are separated in the fifth dimension of spacetime may gain an unusual perspective on those who stay on the original brane. I hope it's not too technical for you; be sure that the Pilsner viewers in the standing-room-only have understood all the physics involved and gave the play 15-minute ovations.



An improper relationship. Please forget about it once you leave my blog.

Too bad you can't see and understand their amazing acting and the visuals. :-)

Aurelia learns about the inappropriate relationship and gets in touch with Felix. Add some fake murders and time travel allowed by the warped extra dimension. And if you think that the components described above have to lead to a comedy that is chaotic and makes no sense, just believe me that the play makes an absolutely perfect sense and all the pieces of the stories fit into the picture.



Hubert is showing his model of the LHC to Felix. Unlike the original collider, this device is able to accelerate particles in the direction of the Randall-Sundrum warped extra dimension.

It's a lot of fun. The issues that are being addressed may look less serious than those in Dürrenmatt's play – the playwright offers his wisdom on the relationships between men and women – but deeply behind the layers of cutting-edge particle physics, there's still a lot of hidden content that isn't cheap at all.

Sorry for my being cryptic about the plot in this case; it was deliberate. It was very pleasing to meet all the actors (including little Vanda, i.e. Vanda after she returned from the scaled-down LHC at the end and who happens to be – in the real life – a daughter of the actors starring as Felix and Vanda). ;-)

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