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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful
88
Avg Score

83
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

80
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.

87
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

69
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

100
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy physical theater. Actors are great! Dialogue is there but not the dominating factor.

Don't see it if You prefer dialogue heavy shows. This isn’t a linear plot show.

100
Romantic, Absorbing, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if You are new to Chekhov! This production is a great way to fall in love with Chekhov! Light, funny, and very absorbing!

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to laugh!

100
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy physical comedy, great acting, great directing and ensemble casts!

Don't see it if You enjoy serious plays with no laughter.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Chekhov as it was intended! Funny, fresh, and full of life! So hilarious and great staging!

Don't see it if You are into Broadway-scale productions.

97
Must see, Great staging, Clever, Funny

See it if You want to see 19th century Russia reflected with hilarity and modern perspective. Show is so much fun and original! Great acting!

Don't see it if You don’t like hearing accents on stage. Actors are great and come from many different countries.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You love poetic literature with a sense of humor.

Don't see it if just go see it!

100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You are familiar with Chekhov and want to see it in its most creative and lively form. Staging and acting just simply perfection. GENIUS.

Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov, read minimal Chekhov and know little of him and Russian culture. Most likely, you'll get confused. But go see it!

100
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh! This is my favorite theater company. They make magic from nothing! The show is superb!

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh and are not a fan of 19th century theater!

100
Quirky, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a comedy done simply and with plenty of air. This was delightful and cast was excellent!

Don't see it if You need to follow a singular plot line and are looking for a heavy drama. This show felt like champagne and pineapples!

100
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are into Chekhov's world, know the stories, and up for intelligent interpretation performed by a great cast!

Don't see it if You enjoy text helping you to explain the plot. There's not too much dialogue, but boy, it's brilliant.

100
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You're into innovative, funny, well staged/acted classics such as the ones by Chekhov in this show.

Don't see it if if you're not into leaving the theater lighter and slightly happier than when you fist go in.

100
Funny

See it if You like slapstick and physical comedy. A series of skits very well acted and staged by such a beautiful cast.

Don't see it if You are used to a clear story line with a lot of dialogue. There is also no intermission.

97
Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You are familiar with Russian-styled theater. Been following this group for years. One of my favorite theater companies in NYC!

Don't see it if You are not familiar with European-styled theater and need everything explained.

100
Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want a fun night out. This is not the kind of show that you passively watch. They make you laugh and surprise you with simple things.

Don't see it if There is no intermission, and this is not a serious drama-play. It’s a party of a show! If you are a fun person, this is for you!

100
Funny, Epic, Great staging, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see an amazing ensemble piece, multi faceted actors, fantastic directing and enjoy yourself with heartwarming stories.

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh:)

98
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Looking for a lot of fun. Hilarious and touching. Mood lifting. Great directing, solid acting.

Don't see it if Looking for dramatic experience.

100
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You love Russian people, culture, and mentality. Growing up in the Soviet Union, this show captured Chekhov's spirit so well. Bravo!

Don't see it if You don't understand Russian people or culture. But still, go see it, it's an eye opener!

100
Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You want to see real Theater. This show is absolutely breathtaking. The ensemble creates a whole world out of simple ideas.Absolute Must See

Don't see it if You don’t like to get in touch with your feelings. Just go see it!!

98
Intelligent, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You have read the short stories of Anton Chekhov. For us Russians, we know these stories by heart. It's so incredible to see them staged!

Don't see it if You don't like Russian culture, art, or literature. Russian theater also tends to be more symbolic and full of metaphors.

Also Great ensemble. These are some of my favorite troupes in the city. The... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You are in the mood for a fun, light and imaginative approach to theater. This show will bring out the kid in you!

Don't see it if You hate to laugh at yourself or the world around you. Some parts of the show reminded me of Monty Python.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You later like Chekhov and want to see a fenomenal ensemble piece. Seeing with how much joy and love the actors work, made me very happy!

Don't see it if You don’t like comedy!


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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