Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories
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Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories
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Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories NYC Reviews and Tickets

69%
(58 Reviews)
Positive
59%
Mixed
24%
Negative
17%
Members say
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Mint Theater Company presents a program of short plays adapted from stories by two of the world’s greatest authors, Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy.

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Member Reviews (58)

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708 Reviews | 155 Followers
69
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Mint discoveries, fan of Chekhov, Tolstoy & Russian drama, want to see unusual studies about love, enjoy a bill of 2 one-acts

Don't see it if can't patiently endure a slow, excruciating curtain raiser to wait for a really good play, expect traditional love stories

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
74
Quirky, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Malleson's adapt of two short stories by these iconic writers is only moderately successful enhanced by some solid acting & Shaw's staging

Don't see it if While capturing the tone of both authors fairly well (esp Tolstoy), Malleson is unable to translate this into an interesting dramatic format

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
74
Thoughtful, Not so dramatic, Interesting, Stories staged

See it if you’re a fan of Russian lit or interested in Chekhov’s pre-dramatic writing.

Don't see it if you’re in the mood for a great big dose of excitement. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
78
Dated, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if The Mint is always a winner. Nice view of the two greatest Russian writers. The male lead replacement in (Henry Clarke) was very good.

Don't see it if The Mint has a history of great sets but something is missing here.

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
76
Spiritual, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A landscape painter defends role in society before planting a kiss & a stranger w/ transformative powers answers 3 questions.Sung interlude.

Don't see it if "I have lost touch with decent people/Of course my life is tedious/I'm an artist/You are as lazy and idle as I am/Learn what dwells in man" Read more

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
74
Refreshing, Dated, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see 2 plays adapted from Chekhov & Tolstoy short stories that show glimmers of larger, more well-known works. You want...

Don't see it if an almost (1 glaring exception) solid, classically trained cast. Don't see if you want 2 equally well-done adaptations. The Chekhov play... Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
69
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing for multiple reasons

See it if 2 short plays based on short stories; somewhat in conversation with each other (read the playbill - Chekhov satirizing Tolstoy's approaches

Don't see it if expect much from Malleson ("Conflict") who adapted the stories, Bank who directs one, want excellent acting all around, want the Mint's* Read more

400 Reviews | 76 Followers
49
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to support The Mint which. usually does fine productions.

Don't see it if You want an interesting plot or you want good acting. Actors barely project. Two different short plays both of which should remain unknown.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
February 11th, 2020

"Chekhov and Tolstoy Reunited in ‘Love Stories’: The Mint Theater Company pairs stage adaptations of short stories by the 19th-century Russian authors. They mesh like mismatched matryoshka dolls."
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Theatermania
February 10th, 2020

"Learn the Meaning of Life With Three Questions in 'Chekhov / Tolstoy: Love Stories': The Mint Theater stages Miles Malleson's adaptations of two Russian tales at Theatre Row."
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BroadwayWorld
February 13th, 2020

"Two Tales By Russian Masters Brought To The Stage in The Mint's 'CHEKHOV/TOLSTOY: LOVE STORIES'"
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Lighting & Sound America
February 11th, 2020

"The best to be said for this uneven pair of one-acts is that they expand our knowledge of a distinctive playwright (better known as a character actor) whose output might be altogether forgotten if not for this intrepid theatre company."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 10th, 2020

"The production offers up more of an educational curiosity than a successful page-to-stage transfer."
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New York Stage Review
February 11th, 2020

2/5 Stars. "Russian Masters are sparsely served."
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New York Stage Review
February 11th, 2020

2/5 Stars. "The premise is intriguing: so how to account for the strangely sleepy production that is 'Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories'?"
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TheaterScene.net
February 13th, 2020

"As produced by the Mint Theater Company, 'Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories' is pleasant enough. However, from these two master writers one expects something more filling rather than just a meal made up of hors d'oeuvres. The evening may leave you feeling hungry and unfulfilled rather than totally satisfied."
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