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Pantelis Voulgaris wrote and directed this backstage melodrama, one of the most honored Greek films of the 1990s. The story takes place primarily at the Akropol theatre, the famous home of Greek musical revues, where the manager/producer, known as the Prince (Stavros Paravas), has just fired his drunken leading lady (Olga Damani), after finding her polluted one time too many. The Prince needs a replacement, and, in a quixotic moment, decides on Lakis Loizos (Lefteris Voyatzis), a one-time child movie star who specialized in comedy routines involving female impersonation. Lakis currently runs a casting agency, but is coaxed out of retirement and back into drag despite holding quite a large amount of bitterness toward the profession which turned its back on him years before. His act is a smashing success, which stirs up a great deal of resentment among the other actors. On the last night of the winter season, the Prince decides to stage a throwback to the days of classical Greek theater, a so-called alalum revue, a show in which anything can happen. Needless to say, Lakis' bitterness and all the other rivalries which had been building up during the season are trotted out on-stage to the bewilderment of a somewhat appalled crowd. Konstantinos Tzoumas and Despo Diamantidou co-star. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi