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 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (360)

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482 Reviews | 717 Followers
69
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.

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
69
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.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
50
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?)

427 Reviews | 48 Followers
57
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.

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
69
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

197 Reviews | 529 Followers
65
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.

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
55
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.

225 Reviews | 293 Followers
50
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

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 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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Entertainment Weekly
October 16th, 2016

"From the start, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s loud, broad revival makes no attempt to find a tragicomic balance...Not everyone seems to have received director Simon Godwin’s go-big-or-go-home memo. Joel Grey is indescribably endearing, and quietly funny. Celia Keenan Bolger is giving a beautifully understated performance. As for Lane, her performance, still a bit tentative, falls somewhere in between...Perrineau just looks uncomfortable. As do too many other people on stage."
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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 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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