Zany and laugh-out-loud funny, Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream celebrates the illusory nature of love in all of its baffling, maddening detail with mistaken identities, hilarious deceptions and happy resolutions. During a harvest festival on a collective farm in the Russian steppes, a Moscow dance troupe arrives to entertain the workers, upsetting the applecart to humorous effect. Ratmansky plumbs the genius of Dmitri Shostakovich’s vivid folk music to reveal the soul of his actor-dancers with a zest for deft characterization in movement. “It’s good to see it once; it’s better – and funnier – to see it twice.” praised The New York Times, and The Washington Post added, “The finale made me want to see the whole work again and again. Great art is like that.”