Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout)

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Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony winner Stephen Karam's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic, starring Diane Lane, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Tony winners Chuck Cooper, John Glover, and Joel Grey. More…

Set in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, 'The Cherry Orchard' chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev (Glover), find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.

2h 15m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (360)


Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious
Avg Score

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Banal

See it if Innate love for Chekhov allows you ability to put up with dreadful productions ---which this is

Don't see it if Horrible, inept adaptation by Karam & arty, over-conceptualized direction by Godwin ultimately defeats able cast

They'd burn down the orchard to get your attention

See it if /4 top cast including Diane Lane, John Glover, Celia Kennan-Bolger & Joel Gray, updated script/production make accessible 2 modern audience

Don't see it if in playing up humor & spectacle, dumb down play, sacrificing transcendent poetry & heartbreak of original script; left w/ is this Chekhov?

Fascinating, Relevant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if you don't have too many preconceptions about what The Cherry Orchard is "supposed" to be and want to discover this production's take on it.

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about what The Cherry Orchard is "supposed" to be.

Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're interested in seeing some great performances by a Grade A cast, or you enjoy seeing new productions of classic works.

Don't see it if you've previously seen a production of this play that you enjoyed. This version may not live up to your standards. It's largely forgettable.

Great staging, Great costumes, Great lighting, Good cast

See it if You want to see this classic play adapted by Stephen Karam (The Humans). Fun to see so many actors familiar from TV, movies & theater.

Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov and/or have seen this play too many times. If not this is a great version to see.

Also Nice costumes and very good lighting. Set was used very well. Make sur... Read more Read less

Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You have to see all classic theater, no matter how poorly acted. Weird how the cast deliberately fumbles and trips etc.

Don't see it if Slow, sleep inducing, totally miscast and bizarre show.

Strange production, Poor direction, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see hard working actors do all they could with a bizarre production of Chekov.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend a few hours wondering why this revival was produced and what Roundabout could have been thinking.

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You like any production of Chekhov;are open to new interpretations; to see Diane Lane, John Glover and Joel Gray with a diverse cast

Don't see it if You expect a traditional production;this is a streamlined version with only two acts

Also The party scene is the best one!... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Chekhov's work and know what you're getting into. It's a weird play and even good actors can't make it less confusing.

Don't see it if You have to a have a firm story, and characters with firm resolve. The characters are unmotivated and unrepentant. Which is frustrating.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you love Chekov. This is a flawed production, missing the heart and pathos of other productions. Acting was excellent, but directing wasn't.

Don't see it if you are used to feeling deeply at the end of the play or if you like to really think about the class issues involved. This misses the mark

Also I resent the building up and out of the set. It wasn't necessary and m... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Loved this. Funny, modern. Made me see this classic in a new way.

Don't see it if If you prefer more traditional servings of Chekhov, this isn't the production for you.

Also This show got bad reviews, and for the life of me, I can't figure out ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you would like to see a truly consummate actor - Joel Grey who was poignant. Amazing to be this good in such a disappointing production

Don't see it if looking at the cast & playwrights you are expecting great things; if you don't want flashy costumes (the green pants on Lopakhin, really?)

Disappointing strange adaptation

See it if You want to see a sort of cherry orchard. Some of the acting very good.

Don't see it if You want real Chekhov. This production adds black vs white, magic, odd party scene, strange choices. Little (both in size and scope) scenery

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You usually find Chekhov slow and boring and can appreciate an updated version that is far more entertaining.

Don't see it if You are offended or annoyed when a classic is tampered with.

Also Chekhov is probably rolling in his grave over this version of his clas... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You've never seen the Cherry Orchard before.

Don't see it if Like a traditional transalation - this one added nothing to it - disappointed since it's a good playright adapting.

Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Confusing, Insipid

See it if Can't think of any reason to see it. It was pretty bad.

Don't see it if Have seen better productions of The Cherry Orchard. This translation was awful, confusing, and trite. The play did not cultivate any pathos.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Misguided

See it if I really tried to make heads or tails of this, but it was just dull, boring, confusing. Maybe it picked up but I left at intermission.

Don't see it if You'll feel bad seeing top rate actors (Lane, Grey, Glover) wasted in a dull interpretation. Strange, pointless set on a tree stump.

Dated, Quirky, Fluffy, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if a star-filled cast is enough for you. It didn't work for me. Some actors were in the game, most phoned it in. SO disappointed; SO DATED.

Don't see it if it ever comes back again, unless a star-filled cast (perhaps put together to entice us this last time around) is going to be enough for you.

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you have absolutely nothing else to do

Don't see it if you hate slow plays and overrated acting

Ambitious, Refreshing, Relevant, Authentic, Slightly off

See it if you're up for a flawed if fresh take on Chekov that harks back to his original, pumping air, contemporaneity & modern relevance into it.

Don't see it if you're expecting the usual serious often tragic, dry-witted very Russian Chekov, lacking farce or comedy; don't like fresh takes on classics

Also This production has been almost universally panned as a stylistic mish... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy Chekhov's work, period pieces, and a diverse cast in a dark dramedy. Optimism and nievety blind the mistress from the inevitable

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, want something light or expect to be entertained by a standard musical or comedy.

Also I'm in the minority here, but I enjoyed this production. The acting wa... Read more Read less

Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want a modern take on a classic and a great ensemble including Diane Lane, John Glover and Joel Grey, even when it slips into confusion

Don't see it if you really like the soul and poetry of the classic play and rebel against the modern confused direction, less than elegant adaption by Karam

Disappointing, Great acting, Insipid

See it if you're into Chekov, no matter how good (or not) the production is

Don't see it if you're easily bored

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You want to see a great cast's attempt at pulling this show toghether. They really tried. Or if you are fan of any of the actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a confusing jumble of a show with actors that try really hard. Dizzying, unclear and NOT what it is suppose to be.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Underwhelming

See it if want to see Stephen Karam's take on a Chekov classic. Excellent cast tried to make it more exciting but IMO the production fell felt

Don't see it if like your classics to remain classic.

October 16th, 2016
"This frenzied, flashy take on one family’s mortgage crisis may be the most clueless interpretation of Chekhov I have seen. And, yes, that includes high school...It’s impossible to discern a coherent point of view...From the get-go, people are forever falling down, tripping over furniture, breaki...
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October 16th, 2016
“The only question is whether a new frame or filter works on its own terms. And with this thoughtful but often schematic and disjointed 'Cherry Orchard,' the answer is: only in spurts...Godwin works well with several excellent actors…All the actors' bodies are in uncommonly strong dialogue with e...
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October 16th, 2016
"No one sets out to under-serve Chekhov. The problem is that all hands must be seeking to serve in the same way. Here that does not appear to be the case...The large Roundabout cast often does well enough giving sharp physical life to individual characters...But, lacking a coherent group style, t...
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October 16th, 2016
“In 'The Humans,' Karam balances humor and melancholy with exquisite naturalism. The subtly shaped text is light on narrative but alive with a compassionate sense of very real people...What could be more Chekhovian? That makes the thudding failure of Karam's new version all the more deflating. Th...
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