The Orchard NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(36 Reviews)
Positive
58%
Mixed
28%
Negative
14%
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Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

An updated adaptation of Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" with a futuristic twist.

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Member Reviews (36)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
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Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if I REALLY wanted to like it. There is a good amount of creativity in the design.

Don't see it if It's messy and overly complicated. They threw everything in there, the kitchen sink and a boot arm. Confusing. 2hr without intermission.Why? Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
45
Confusing, Uncomfortable seating, Slow, Boring, Disappointing

See it if The concept of incorporating robots is interesting but they are used just as a gimmick for this production.

Don't see it if Very slow & boring. Direction feels messy & all over the place. Several scenes w/ actors speaking in other languages w/ no captioning. Read more

946 Reviews | 387 Followers
76
Extraordinary, Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You are very familiar with Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and appreciate unusual, out of the box interpretations. This was visually stunning!

Don't see it if You’re expecting any sort of resemblance to any Cherry Orchard you’ve ever seen before. If you don’t want to REALLY try something new, no. Read more

971 Reviews | 227 Followers
46
Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if This show is confusing and needs direction.

Don't see it if It tries modern with robots, trendy direction.

796 Reviews | 217 Followers
59
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to enjoy the brilliant, masterful movements of Baryshnikov in two characters and to see modern technology in play adaptation.

Don't see it if for many reasons that good offers, it is too much, too distracting: the stage is huge in width and height and the action is all over cont'd Read more

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
69
Ambitious, Peculiar staging, Intense, Conceptually interesting, Experimental

See it if you're interested in seeing a radical update on a classic. The actors are wonderful. The set and costumes are remarkable and strange.

Don't see it if you are a Chekhov purist.

617 Reviews | 274 Followers
86
Post-apocalyptic version of the cherry orchard with cutting edge technology including a 12 foot robotic arm that is a type of character in the play - it will blow your mind positively or negatively - i loved it!

See it if unique use of technology combines images & actors; bold futuristic vision; Baryshnikov memorably plays old servant as Chaplinesque figure

Don't see it if you are a Chekhovian purist, you may find that the stagecraft is self-indulgent & detracts from the play (NY Times review) Read more

647 Reviews | 95 Followers
82
Very creative, Refreshing, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like a very creative and unique take on The Cherry Orchard. Really unusual staging, including robots and videos. Good acting.

Don't see it if you like traditional versions of Chekhov. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
June 16th, 2022

"This disjointed production gives the impression of not being especially interested in comprehensibility. For all its projections (designed by Alex Basco Koch), significant passages of dialogue in American Sign Language, Russian and French go untranslated."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 18th, 2022

"The show is best when it’s simplest: Using ASL, Hecht and McGinty have the most profound exchange in the play (signing and speaking helps her transcend some otherwise mannered tendencies), and Golyak shapes some striking grace notes around Trofimov’s chosen interpreter, the unlucky-in-love Varya (Elise Kibler)."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 16th, 2022

"The entire cast illuminates the humanity of their characters in the interstices between our—or at least my—befuddlement at the wait-what-why? elements of the production. Their commitment is admirable, but perhaps the familiar stage adage needs an update: Never work with animals, children, or robots."
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Theatermania
June 16th, 2022

"If the high-tech form of The Orchard doesn't necessarily spring from the content, it at least gives us new ways to look at an old tale."
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BroadwayWorld
June 18th, 2022

"Overall, the pacing of the show was a bit uneven-it felt slow for the first hour or so, but eventually picked up. The added multimedia elements were unique and brought exciting dynamics to the show, but at times, felt overwhelming. Regardless, you should not miss the chance to see this one-of-a-kind show."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 21st, 2022

Is this high-concept approach too clever by half? Possibly, yet at several major points Golyak and his actors get at the play's deep sadness, its sense of lives frittered away in idleness and vain pursuits. If it is one of the odder takes on this material you are likely to see, it is no less affecting.
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New York Stage Review
June 16th, 2022

"There is just no dismissing the myriad special effects, which, while mesmerizing, allow the cast’s performances to glow in their own deserved right. Hecht’s Ranevskaya is a surprising and alternative interpretation. Usually, the romanticizing, squandering character is portrayed as a disillusioned grand lady. Hecht’s Ranevskaya is a childish woman. She’s someone who’s chosen not to grow up. "
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TheaterScene.net
June 26th, 2022

Such an event is the high-tech adaptation at the Baryshnikov Arts Center calling itself "The Orchard," conceived and directed by Igor Golyak, and described as based on "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov as translated by Carol Rocamora. If you don’t know the play, you will be entirely at sea. If you know the play, you will marvel at all the totally unnecessary tricks used by the director that do nothing to help with understanding the play or ferreting out its meaning. Although the production has a fine cast headed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Hecht, the actors are swamped by all the trappings around them.
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