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The Cherry Orchard (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing

About the show

BAM presents Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution performed by St. Petersberg's Maly Drama Theatre in a new adaptation. More…

Maly Drama Artistic Director and world renowned theatre artist Lev Dodin directs this new adaptation of Chekhov's classic. Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, the story chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin.

Member Reviews (24)


Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing
Avg Score

Confusing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see something entirely in Russian (with English subtitles). If you can help it, sit in the orchestra to have a full view.

Don't see it if long plays (3hrs, 1 intermission) aren't your thing. This is in Russian so be prepared to be engaged and reading subtitles the whole time.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to hear it in the original Russian; a deeply serious take on this play, with remarkable acting

Don't see it if don't like to read subtitles

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Chekov

Don't see it if you don't like Chekov, or plays in another language where you have to read supertitles

Intelligent, Original, Inconsistent, Muddled, Thought-provoking

See it if you think the cherry on top of a good revival is a freshness that brings out new flavors. Many actors & staging ideas are pick of the crop.

Don't see it if playing with the text, a lack of clarity, slow 1st act & problematic central performance will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you like the cast. they were good. if you know the story cause it will help

Don't see it if if you do not know the story.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you're a fan of Chekov (I'm not particularly but this is a great work of his) and want to see masterful performances.

Don't see it if you listen to professional critics (I almost didn't go because of the NYX' scathing pan). Either the director retooled or the critic on LSD.

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Poor translation, glitzed up party scene, gem of a performance by Joel Grey but the original flavor lost

Don't see it if If you cherish the original witty , sad, and melancholy script. l

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you are open to a fresh insight into this classic Chekhov. Acting is superb and the director's concept opens the play to new revelations.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional reading of this play. This is not a museum piece.

Great writing, Great acting

See it if This is a fascinating, revelatory Chekhov production with an outstanding ensemble. One of the best Cherry Orchards I've seen.

Don't see it if you don't want to read English subtitles and sit through 2 3/4 hours of a Chekhov dramedy that is heavier on the drama than the comedy.

Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you just want to see known actors on stage.

Don't see it if you want to see good actors who just don't deliver.

Confusing, Intense, Funny, Great writing, Dated

See it if You want a tougher night at the theater than Matilda. You want to see Chekhov performed to its intentions.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to Russian with English subtitles for three hours.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You are wanting something to help you sleep .

Don't see it if You spend a ton of money on the ticket and you have high expectations like I did because of Diane Lane

Exhausting, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in seeing this play in its original Russian. But this production's level of melancholy is excruciating, even for Chekhov.

Don't see it if you'd hate the theatrical equivalent of dealing with a drunk friend sulking about their break-up for 3 hours. Excessive and unearned.

Clever, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if If you want to see a solid Chekhov production an don't mind Russian language

Don't see it if If you prefer theater in English

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if One of the terrific works of a grant playright.

Don't see it if If you want some thing light.

Confusing, Dated, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are into Chekhov.

Don't see it if You need to be entertained. Dry show, but not necessarily fault of actors.

Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched

See it if If you want to see a Chekhov it in its original language. It clearly played better in Russian based in the applause.

Don't see it if The play was disappointing. It was slow and wooden. The Russian language didn't add to the authenticity but rather made the characters seem

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You have never seen a Russian Theatre production. Direction is innovative and refreshing. Subtitles are not distraction from the acting.

Don't see it if It is long but worth the three hours. Can not watch live performances with subtitles. Do not like Chekhov.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You live drama and great writing.

Don't see it if You don't "get" smart writing.

Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if good magic show

Don't see it if hungery

Original, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like unusual adaptations of classic work.

Don't see it if you haven't read the play.

Absorbing, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Love old plays

Don't see it if Want something current

Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You've ever loved Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being absorbed

Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Indulgent, Enchanting

See it if You're a theatre student

Don't see it if You hate chekhov

February 18th, 2016
"It is possible to appreciate the cleverness of Mr. Dodin’s approach yet initially find it tedious...But the pace speeds up significantly after intermission. Some bits of business that Mr. Dodin invested in earlier, at last pay poignant dividends. Greater risks are taken and these have their rewa...
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February 19th, 2016
"Chekhov fans got a little thrill when they heard that Maly Drama Theatre was coming to town...Yet the version now at BAM limps along, striking muffled notes that should be clear. The Maly actors shout and mug; there's little magic, no balance and barely any dynamic control...Dodin has staged an ...
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February 19th, 2016
"A superb revival...Director Lev Dodin is judicious in his adaptation, hacking through the weeds to get us right into this conflict of class, pride, and economic reality. The result is a production with the breezy pace of a comedy, but the emotional heft of a tragedy. It perfectly encapsulates th...
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February 25th, 2016
"The Maly Drama Theatre’s production of ‘The Cherry Orchard’, though exasperating, is also entertaining and, to a small degree, revelatory. The director, Lev Dodin, imposed way too many of his own ideas on the delicate structure, in the process making questionable choices. The focus too often str...
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