Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper W Side

Lady With a Lapdog, With Jokes and a Happy Ending

From 73 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)

Member Reviews (73)


Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful
Avg Score

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You love Chekhov's writings and would like to see a play based on a number of his short works.

Don't see it if You are looking for an elaborate musical or a linear play where the acts follow some discernible progression.

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.

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

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

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, 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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like mentally challenging plays

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

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like Chekhov presented with a few new twists.

Don't see it if You are a Chekhov purist or don't like less-than-stellar musical performances.

Also A quirky script puts a new spin on several stories, weaving them toget... Read more Read less

Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have a deep love for Chekhov

Don't see it if You don’t know much of checkhov’s work, you want to see fully developed characters with an arc you can follow.

Disappointing, Dizzying, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you like chekov under any circumstances

Don't see it if if you like plays that are not fragmented; in spots amateurish. very few funny moments the high rated reviews leave me baffled.

February 27th, 2018
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 po...
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March 7th, 2018
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 wr...
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