Although most troupes in town tend to rely heavily on only their most seasoned players, this theater is brave enough to showcase younger talent. Shows are bursting with youthful energy and romanticism, yet there's no amateur-student feel to them; most are expertly staged by artistic director Semyon Spivak, a professor at the renowned St. Petersburg Academy for Theatre Art. The company's signature show is Alexei Tolstoy's The Swallow. Isaac Babel's Cries From
Odessa and Alexander Ostrovsky's Love Lace are also among its hits.