Chekhov's First Play
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Chekhov's First Play
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Chekhov's First Play NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(43 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
12%
Negative
7%
Members say
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Quirky, Edgy

A new arrangement of Chekhov's very first play, previously thought to be impossible to stage.

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Member Reviews (43)

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542 Reviews | 58 Followers
75
Charming. clever. well done.

See it if You appreciate good satire.

Don't see it if If you don't like satirical looks at plays.

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
88
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Original, Ambitious

See it if you like risk-taking theatre. This is a production of Platonov. You can see characters and themes that will be developed in later plays.

Don't see it if you like conventional theatre.

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
72
Great staging, Confusing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if want to see a "play" of Chekhov that has seeds of his other plays. non-traditional staging with audience participation

Don't see it if want a standard play, don't want to wear a headphone, want more traditional fare.

322 Reviews | 82 Followers
55
Ambitious, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you're either a Chekhov completist or enjoy complex "modern" stagings

Don't see it if you expect a traditional play staged in a normal manner.

253 Reviews | 107 Followers
48
Fake edgy, Quirky, Indulgent, Eyerolling

See it if You want to see a poor audience member be directed in headphones.

Don't see it if You're expecting anything remotely Chekhovian. Or you don't want to wear headphones to get "jokes." Read more

234 Reviews | 164 Followers
82
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a remarkably original take on a Chekhov play. It is very inventive and surprising with twists and turns.

Don't see it if You want to see a straightforward version of a Chekhov play. If you can't suspend your imagination and embrace this crazy production.

162 Reviews | 31 Followers
80
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You are tired of the “ usual “ productions of Chekhov’s works and would like to enjoy a very deconstructed version of his first play

Don't see it if If you expect a respectful and traditional production of “ Platonov “. This one is not, definitely…

131 Reviews | 15 Followers
75
Intriguing, Confusing, Ambitious, Innovative

See it if You like new, unique experimental type theatre and can keep an open mind throughout & don’t mind interpreting the play with your own ideas.

Don't see it if You want a show that wraps up the plot & themes of the play nice and clearly by the end. If you don’t want to listen through headphones.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
October 27th, 2022

"The performance we watch is, in a sense, the play within the play....'Chekhov’s First Play' surely felt much bolder and fresher when it was new."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 24th, 2022

"The humor of the first half is rather mild, and the lengthy onstage falling apart is surprisingly decorous in its effect. If Chekhov's First Play is meant to shock or unsettle, it falls wide of the mark."
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Front Row Center
October 25th, 2022

"When I see something as wildly imaginative as 'Chekhov’s First Play,' I happily sit back in wonder...You don’t know what will happen next, but that’s part of the joy of this piece. It is a multi-sensory experience. Give in to it."
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Theaterscene.org
October 24th, 2022

The second half is darker, attaining a quiet power, with an entrancing dance sequence choreographed by Liv O’Donoghue. It all coheres into a thoughtfully entertaining experience.
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Off Off Online
October 26th, 2022

"One thing is certain: 'Chekhov’s First Play' isn’t boring."
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