Closed 1h 30m
Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories
Midtown W
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Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(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)

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

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.

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Critic Reviews (10)

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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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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February 13th, 2020

"Two Tales By Russian Masters Brought To The Stage in The Mint's 'CHEKHOV/TOLSTOY: LOVE STORIES'"
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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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February 10th, 2020

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

2/5 Stars. "Russian Masters are sparsely served."
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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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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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February 10th, 2020

"By showing us the cheerfulness of the family's child-like elderly servant Aniuska (the legendary Vinie Burrows) or the blissful demeanor of a woman raising two adopted children (Liu, faring better in this small role), Tolstoy does his damnedest to remind us money isn't everything."
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February 11th, 2020

"A pair of one-act dramas based on short stories by the Russian literary giants. Audience members with passing familiarity with Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy will surely not expect to see a rom-com double bill, and yet the plays reflect compassion and devotion to social and spiritual uplift.​"
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