New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Lady With a Lapdog, With Jokes and a Happy Ending

From 2 critic and 72 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

About the show

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio invites you to take a trip to the summer resort of Yalta in this new play based on the short stories of Anton Chekhov. More…

While vacationing alone in the Crimean sea resort of Yalta, a Moscow playboy quickly finds himself having another affair—this time with a married woman who wanders along the shore with her pet dog. However, their lives are soon uprooted as they realize they have found true love. Interwoven around their romance are ten of Chekhov’s most colorful anecdotes, including 'Fish, Death of a Government Clerk,' 'Confessions,' 'A Chorus Girl,' 'Overspiced,' 'A Little Joke,' 'Daughter of Albion,' 'Surgery,' 'Elements Most Found in Short Stories,' 'A Happy Ending and Life is Beautiful.' Join the cast of nine colorful characters as they fumble through love, loss, and the beautiful absurdity of life. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Pushkin Hall (Upper W Side)

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "A deeply funny love song. A masterclass in guiding extremely talented actors into a work of art no one should miss...It is a masterpiece created by an important artist of our generation...Conducting this work is the profound director, Aleksey Burago. Like any great artist, his ideas are to be wrestled with...If you believe in theatre as art, then 'Lady' is a must-see. Do not miss your chance to witness this important work." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "An evening of amusing sketches...Chekhov’s short stories, which seemed funny and naïve when I read them as a child, appear in a new light after Burago's risky staging, with the help of the beautifully nuanced performances of the entire cast...Some trimming around the edges would only make the point clearer. But even in the current production, Chekhov’s wit is handled with care and great skill. This is something not to be missed!" Full Review

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if love the shorts, Chekhov stories to me are sad. This has happy and funny moments.

Don't see it if If you want the Chekhov sad ending. If you don't like that timeline. No intermission 90 Mins.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love chekhov or have never met Chekhov and are curious; if you love period acting and immediate, whimsical humor, like strong acting

Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov or aren't interested in the 19th century, don't like vivid staging or immediate acting that takes you away!

Also This is simply marvelous! Having never seen the Russian Theater, this ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an entertaining musical with vignettes of life in imperial Russia. Great acting, singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy light entertainment.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like mentally challenging plays

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare

Deft adaptation of chekhov comic stories

See it if This is a winning group of international artists helmed by a director whose knowledge of Chekhov is deeper than any others based here.

Don't see it if This is Chekhov done big and broad, which cuts against what most of us are used to.

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You like creative use of space, tight ensemble casts. You don’t need to know Chekhov to enjoy this

Don't see it if You need linear storylines, aren’t a fan of physical comedy, need a straight-ahead, traditional play.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you would like to see an excellent cast in a funny and delightfully entertaining production of some of Chekhov's short stories.

Don't see it if you don't like Russian theatre/would prefer a more traditional story line.

Also This was a delightful production: light and funny--at times (such as t... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Funny

See it if You are or are not familiar with short stories of Anton Chekhov. You want to laugh and see a delightful and entertaining show.

Don't see it if You need a serious story line. You are not looking for a fun night out. You don't want to laugh.

Also I didn't know what to expect because I am not familiar with the works ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for light entertainment, especially strong physical comedy.

Don't see it if you want a serious presentation of Chekhov.

Also Charming little show. The two romantic leads do an elegant job with th... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Chekhov, or are looking for something light, fun, and entertaining with some music (though not a musical)

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something big and flashy, or something with deep, heavy content, or you don't appreciate a bit of physical humor

Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want a modern take on Chekhov's short stories performed by a well-trained classical cast. You enjoy 19th-century writings.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional interpretation of Chekhov. You want a contemporary play.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're familiar with Chekhov's short stories and want to see a quirky and inventive take on them

Don't see it if you're not a fan of silly or slapstick humor or prefer a more linear plot

Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of Chekhov ; you want to see a diverse show that takes place in Europe; you have a good sense of humor

Don't see it if you don't like seemingly random stories thrown together ; are not imaginative

Also Cast & crew did a great job conveying different scenes with limited sp... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You like short funny stories performed by small international group of talented actors, and have some knowledge about Tcheckov.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional interpretation of classic stories and dislike to be in the small theater which looks like it needs immediate repair

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Like a very creative team of artist exploring different techniques of acting and staging. A surprising fany show

Don't see it if See it. You won't regret. You will love it.

Clever, Great staging, Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if beautifully produced, cleverly woven tales presented in good performances interest you. There is a marvelous vaudeville turn toward the end

Don't see it if you want a strong plot. These are short stories woven together with musical interludes that tend to slow down rather than enhance the show

Enchanting, Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Funny

See it if Variety of cute slice-of-life vignettes. Physical comedy. Some music/dance. Entertaining and well-performed. Some bits funnier than others

Don't see it if You're looking for something more intense or profound. You don't enjoy physical comedy.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want an evening of light comedy, sometimes slapstick, based on Anton Chekhov's short stories

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious play that never gets silly or light hearted.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want to see Chekhov unleashed with humor. Appreciate clever minimal staging and lighting, Good acting,and talented dancers.

Don't see it if You like linear plots and traditional American musicals.

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Unusual

See it if you enjoy an ensemble cast morphing into several of Chekhov's short stories. There is a mix of comedy, drama, romance as well as the absurd.

Don't see it if you prefer to see a show with a linear plot. The staging is minimal but there are lots of costume changes to fit the storylines.

Also The Russian ethos is evident although some of the songs are modern. Am... Read more Read less

Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You have yet to see this Upper Westside gem! And hurry. It closes 8/31. The best Off-Off directing I’ve seen in a long time. The actors sing

Don't see it if There are many stairs and no elevator. The ac is weak. The acting does not live up to the directing. 90min. no intermission.

Also dance, play musical instruments, and dazzle with their smiles. The set... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Well staged, Choppy/uneven, Long, Absorbing

See it if you like physical comedy (there's a lot), singing (of various quality), and sketches. Perf lasted 2 hrs w/no intermission. Needs cuts.

Don't see it if you want a story arc or a flawless ensemble (some excellent actors, some not). Clever staging, set. Drawn out scenes. Overall enjoyable.

Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Fun, Entertaining

See it if Add points if a Chekhov aficionado, you would enjoy a lite evening away from today's conflicts and cares

Don't see it if I found it somewhat choppy so if you prefer a straight lined story or more drama this might not be to your tastes.

Slow, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You like Russian stories and don't mind a series of skits, rather than a single coherent show.

Don't see it if You are looking for something fast paced or a consistent comedy

Also The show is a series of short stories linked by one framing story, but... Read more Read less

Ambitious, over-extended, slow

See it if you want to see or support an admirable troupe that often converts prose into plays and/or are interested in Chekhov's sensibility.

Don't see it if seeing a not entirely coherent and well-integrated presentation of several stories will leave you disappointed or frustrated.

Also I like this little company and have seen several of their productions.... Read more Read less

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