“Christmas at the Ivanovs” is an exam performance (subject: Acting 6) of the III year study students of Acting. As usual, students in this semester work on a complete drama, either from domestic or foreign 20-th century dramaturgy. This semester, actually, brings up questions about the actor in the contemporary theater. Students are trying to overcome genre problems in which tragic and comical are mixed (tragic farce, grotesque, absurd drama etc). The play “Christmas at the Ivanovs” (1938), by Alexandr Vvedensky, affiliate of the OBERIU group together with D. Harms and one of the greatest representatives of the Russian 20-th century avant-garde) is exactly the genre of the absurd.