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The World, Yes, Turned Upside Down

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One of the Most Staged Plays in Armenian History

The World, Yes, Turned Upside Down broke records throughout the span of its life in the theater. According to statistics, it became one of the most staged plays in Armenian theater history. This comedic play in three acts began its life on the stage after winning the All-Union Award. The first production of the play took place on July 17, 1967 in Sundukian State Academic Theater and was directed by Vardan Adjemian, becoming the play that saved his career in the theater. The music was composed by Martin Vardazaryan. People from all over Armenia, including the villages, would flock to the city of Yerevan to see the play. In order to solidify a ticket to The World, Yes, Turned Upside Down, people would camp out all night and stand in long lines, proving the unimaginable success of the play.

Critical Reception


Aram Khatchaturian

"Aram Khatchaturian's applause and laughter." - Armenian diasporan journalist


Victor Hambartzumyan

"I rest during that play. For us it is both air and vitamin."


Martiros Saryan

"Papayan's play, The World, Yes, Turned Upside Down, is a union of new and old Armenians."

William Saroyan

"The guests will go and tell others that for Armenians, who went through such tragic sufferings, the world is a wedding now."

Suren Aghababyan

"Papayan's most famous play."

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