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Minor Character (Under the Radar)

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

About the show

New Saloon’s irreverent mashup of English-language translations of "Uncle Vanya" – from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate’s whack results – is a kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's depressing comedy. More…

Each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations, in an athletic attempt to say one true thing. “I’ve been made a complete fool,” Vanya says, “foolishly betrayed,” Vanya agrees, “stupidly cheated,” Vanya clarifies. Part of the 2019 Under the Radar Festival.


Member Reviews (8)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing
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Avg Score

77
Ambitious, Profound, Intelligent

See it if If you like uncle vanya. Good acting a different scenario on chekhov.

Don't see it if If you do not like the classics tampered diwn.

77
Unconventional, Ambitious, Promising, Creative, Clever

See it if ur familiar w/Uncle Vanya & want to see an abridged version by an innovative acting co. having fun with a mixture of English translations.

Don't see it if u aren't familiar w/the play (otherwise you will be very confused); u expect more variety of translations; u want a traditional Chekhov.

Also The gimmicks are hit-or-miss, and the contrivance eventually becomes w... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Quirky, Intense

See it if Wildly ambitious yet uniquely poignant medley? mashup? melee? of Uncle Vanya culled from various translations Chekhov meets Jackson Pollack!

Don't see it if Knowledge of source drama a MUST Except for one actor (David Greenspan!) others play all other parts at various times = intelligent chaos

88
Illuminating, Touching, Funny, Hip, Smart

See it if you love "Uncle Vanya" but don't take it so seriously that you can't enjoy a creative fracturing of the text.

Don't see it if the text of "Uncle Vanya" is too precious for you to bear seeing it dismantled & reconstructed.

Also Off-center theater troupes have been deconstructing classic texts for ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if You are open to a fractured, sprightful take on Vanya. It fills the stage with multiple versions of the characters. Not profound but fun.

Don't see it if You don't like your classics tampered with.

76
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Indulgent, Somewhat cerebral and distant

See it if you love Chekhov, you like meta-theatricality or intellectually-fueled performances, or you'd like to see Chekhov but haven't

Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or something that isn't at times sort of hipster millenial in its approach

80
Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a solid ensemble with actors moving in and out of multiple characters. Lots of fun moments.

Don't see it if the concept didn't feel fully fleshed out...though it was a lot of fun to watch.

99
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing new ways to present Chekhov - very imaginative

Don't see it if If you are a Chekhov purist - you might not like it


January 8th, 2019
“It’s incredibly interesting. But also...aggravating...Main characters are played by several actors...With only a stole or a pair of gloves to hint at whom they’re playing, you can easily lose track. You don’t lose track of Greenspan though. Greenspan unearths laughs I’ve never heard Serebryakov ...
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January 8th, 2019
“New Saloon uses not one English translation but six, creating a mash-up effect that results in characters frequently repeating a line in various renderings...On top of the textual layers is a cast whose parts are continually changing...For those who go into this show knowing ‘Uncle Vanya’, keepi...
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January 6th, 2019
"The script jumps from translation to translation...There are also a few musical moments, including a fine ensemble chorale...Aside from the occasional starkly contemporary phrasing, there's no clear difference between the translations made apparent...The concept may wear thin after a while, but,...
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January 7th, 2019
"'Minor Character' is a state-of-the-art collection of avant-garde theatrical tropes, if not innovations...After a promising beginning, featuring a chorus line of Chekovian kvetchers, this approach yields a remarkably repetitive series of effects that neither honor the original nor do they yield ...
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