The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout)
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The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout)
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The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout) NYC Reviews and Tickets

61%
(360 Ratings)
Positive
36%
Mixed
43%
Negative
21%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (360)

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127 Reviews | 24 Followers
97
Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to see a profound character driven play with superb acting.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or do not like shows that are very wordy.

399 Reviews | 205 Followers
92
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. Read more

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
88
Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Eye opening

See it if Chekhov for millennials! Such a fantastic production, I actually understood what was going on because of the acting!

Don't see it if You don't like realism, Chekhov, or straight plays.

61 Reviews | 7 Followers
85
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Modernized

See it if you've never read/saw Chekov, interested in a good story, you like classical plays but think they mite be stodgy & moldy

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, are a stickler for standard interpretations, you believe in all negative reviews

224 Reviews | 43 Followers
85
Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to see a new twist on a Chekov play.

Don't see it if You don't have a great attention span.

509 Reviews | 336 Followers
84
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. Read more

87 Reviews | 20 Followers
84
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like classics re-imagined; creative set.

Don't see it if you want a less absorbing, light play.

114 Reviews | 25 Followers
81
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Despite reviews hating this adaptation, I enjoyed the performance's staging and performances. Play's inherently confusion is made fun.

Don't see it if You like your Russian plays to be as endlessly boring and confusing as usual. This is quirky. Enjoy the fun.

Critic Reviews (45)

The New York Times
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, breaking things, and, it would seem, forgetting their lines. Yet there’s no spontaneity in their clumsiness, nor any sense of the cast members sharing a common approach."
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Time Out New York
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 each other…By stylizing Chekhov's world, the human stakes and basic relationships are drained of power. ‘The Cherry Orchard’ can survive harder ax blows, but this attempt is just so much peeled bark.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, the ensemble nature of the play feels ragged, as if drastically under-rehearsed...The result feels more like an engaging gloss of 'The Cherry Orchard' rather than the thing itself."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 20th, 2016

"The most pointless production of a Chekhov play I’ve ever seen, a stylistic mélange whose ill-fitting parts give the impression of having been hammered together out of three or four different jigsaw puzzles...Karam’s workmanlike new adaptation recasts the play in an unpoetic English that is scabbed over with modern-day slang and given a vulgarizing shot of progressive politics...The acting is noisy and superficial."
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Deadline
October 16th, 2016

“It takes Chekhov at his word in classifying it as a comedy. Too much so, as it happens, in a mixed-bag of a production that despite some high points, struggles but fails to achieve a consistent tone…Much as I admire Karam’s work, he and Godwin conspire to score some contemporary political points while setting the action in a vague anytime…Too much of the show has a devil-may-care antic quality that not only leaves Lane at sea but also misuses other good actors."
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New York Daily News
October 16th, 2016

"Pretty much everything falls flat in the case of the vapid new Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy about a family on the edge of collapse. Working from a translation by Stephen Karam that’s flecked with modern ties, director Simon Godwin has made some odd choices for this Roundabout revival...More nettlesome are the unfocused tone and superficial ensemble...When a 'Cherry Orchard' works, it can make you laugh and cry. This made me shrug."
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Variety
October 16th, 2016

"Diane Lane takes her shot in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Chekhov’s most beloved play—and proves to be engaging, if not remarkable. Not that anyone really has a chance to shine in director Simon Godwin’s shapeless production...'The Cherry Orchard' normally brings tears and laughter to the coldest of hearts. But there is surprisingly little emotion stirred by this production."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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. The bulk of the blame should be apportioned to Godwin's production, which is clumsily directed and unattractively designed...What's missing, primarily, is the fundamental element of pathos."
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