This funny story, written by Uzbek playwright Alisher Azizkhojaev, has been laughing at the audience of the Main Drama Theater for over 20 years. The first director of the play, Aman Komekov, is no longer among us, the cast has changed, with the exception of the Honored Artist of Turkmenistan Ashir Emshikov, who once played the role of one of the grooms, and now, over time, has “grown up” to the role of the father of the bride.
The secret of the longevity of the performance is in the same customs of the Turkmen and Uzbek peoples, in the closeness of the mentality and in the perception of the comedy story that took place among the fraternal Uzbek people almost like ours, the Turkmen.
Events are developing in a village where parents want to marry a young girl. However, the bride made a condition that she would marry the groom who could cut with an ax a huge stump stored in their yard. Five applicants took up the axe. But one was not strong enough. Another, and this was the owner of a beauty salon, did not tend to hold an ax in his hands. The third groom found a common language with the bridesmaid and decided to woo her. The fourth, a well-known dancer, has foreign tours in his mind, and not rural economic affairs. And only the fifth groom, whom the bride was looking forward to, managed to cut a stump of unusual size.
The successful outcome of the courtship was perceived by the audience as a merry wedding - all the participants in this unusual event began to dance. Happy bride and groom and their parents. The villagers shared the joy of their neighbors.
On this happy note, the performance "Competition of Grooms" ended. The director's assistant Ashir Yemshikov and the actors managed to recreate the atmosphere of Uzbek culture, not only in the national Uzbek costumes and scenography, but also in the barely perceptible originality of the behavior of the characters in the play. According to Ashir Yemshikov, the only old-timer of the play, the restoration of the play fully corresponds to the vision of this story by the first director Aman Komekov.
The main character was played by Ainabat Ovezmamedova, her mother - Ejebay Kasymova, her friend - Dilshat Melyaeva. Jahan Tachgeldyeva, the matchmaker of the first groom, decorated with her game and dances.
A cheerful performance, during which loud applause was heard in the hall more than once, raised the festive mood of the audience. It was felt that the actors were happy to enter the images of their heroes, once again experiencing this funny story.