The play is to become the fourth play in a short play project of the theater, after opening ‘the Crow Grove’ by A.Vampilov, followed by ‘Lullaby’ by N.Gankhuyag and ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’ by Lucille Fletcher. Within this project where seven Mongolian directors will stage less-known or not-staged-before plays, ‘Yesterday’ is expected to be followed by ‘Innocent Guilty’ by A.Ochibat , ‘the Open Couple’ by Dario Fo and ‘Mannequin’ by Nikolai Kolyada. After a weekly staging of ‘Yesterday’, roughly translated ‘Innocent Guilty’ play by Mongolian A.Ochirbat is expected to be performed in the theater on May 23 - 25, according to a recently released May program of the theater.
‘Yesterday’ is largely based on ‘the Lover’, one-act play by Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter, that contrasts bourgeois domesticity with sexual yearning. It is one of Harold Pinter’s lesser-known and crazier short plays.
As with the drama of Anton Chekhov, some of Pinter's plays support "serious" and "comic" interpretations; The Lover has been staged successfully both as an ironic comedy on the one hand and as a nervy drama on the other. As is often the case with Pinter, the play probably contains both.
Written in 1962, The Lover has the tinny cadences and antic absurdities of Eugene Ionesco. The script is fast-moving, confusing, and hysterical, to the point of becoming, at times, cartoonish.
Pinter leads the audience to believe that there are three characters in the play: the wife, the husband and the lover. But the lover who comes to call in the afternoons is revealed to be the husband adopting a role. He plays the lover for her: she plays the whore for him. As the play goes on the man (first as the lover and then as the husband) expresses a wish to stop the pretend adultery, to the dismay of the woman. Finally, the husband suddenly switches back to the role of the lover.