Pakhomushka

Definition

Theater

  • A type of Russian farce acted by amateurs at parties, celebrations,and other social gatherings. Performances are usually impromptu, withthe props and costumes being selected from whatever is available.The main characters are the idiot Pakhomushka, who has a humped backand fanged teeth, and his wife Pakhomikha, whom he has sexually deprived.The plot involves the cuckolding of Pakhomushka and his subsequentrevenge. At one point in the performance a male actor usually selectsa 'bride' from the women in the audience, who must then go througha sham marriage and wedding night. This always produces witty sexualbanter between the actors and members of the audience.
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