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

Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You have read Chekhov's short stories and are looking for a fun-filled night. Beautifully interweaved, wonderfully acted!

Don't see it if You can't deal with multi-plot lines interwoven together. This is not a "literal" show. It's filled with metaphors and Russian references.

Edgy, Quirky, Refreshing, Profound

See it if You are open to a more physical Interpretation of Chekhov. It’s so fresh, funny and fun!

Don't see it if You prefer traditional dialogue heavy Chekhov.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a magical production with a great ensemble, acting, directing and staging.

Don't see it if If laughter and overall good theater is experience not on the agenda.

Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Chekhov at it's best with the masterful staging and performing. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if The show is based on multiple pieces by Chekhov and I believe everyone will find their favorites.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You’re looking for a show that will delight you and want to be entertained. An intriguing amalgamation of Chekov’s work.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big spectacle. This is a show that is meant to invoke and intrigue in an intimate and intense setting.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You are interested in the staging for Chekhov’s brilliant short stories

Don't see it if You don’t like laughing and being entertained!

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Very clever and creative adoptation and staging, with finest traditions of Russian theater, adapted for the modern New York audience.

Don't see it if See it if you like theater.

Funny, Great staging, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You have never enjoyed Chekhov and don’t get what’s the big deal. This show will make you love Chekhov! So fresh and funny, so relevant!

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of small-scale productions and need all the resources of Broadway to enjoy a show!

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you like amazing extraordinary theatre that will take you by the heart and stay with you for weeks to come

Don't see it if See it! You won’t be sorry

Enchanting, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to see Chekhov’s short stories staged in a creative and delightful manner!

Don't see it if You are leaving looking for serious, heavy and text-heavy dramas. This show is very light and theatrical!

Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting

See it if This is one of the best productions from The Russian Arts Theatre! If you love enchanting stories that will move you in unexpected ways, go!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy live theatre!

Delightful, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if ... if you like to be surprised and enjoy talented artists. Highly recommended to see this passionate and exquisite group.They'll delight u.

Don't see it if you're not in town.

Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like creative staging, intelligent humor, good acting, multi-faceted actors.

Don't see it if You want to continue believing that life is tragic.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Funny

See it if This show is extremely intricate, full of surprises and funny moments, the directing and the acting is impeccable and the set is stunning.

Don't see it if You’re a square person!

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You appreciate diversity in theater. You want to laugh and think..and get a little weirded out...all from the comfort of your Soho Rep seat.

Don't see it if You don't have a little imagination and creativity.

Must see, Captivating and charming, a must see !

See it if You enjoy a good story and enjoyable music

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show !

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if I was engaged the whole time! There was no dull moment! Funny, touching, romantic, visually enticing. Great cast!

Don't see it if You are serious person.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if Delightful story, well presented, wonderful acting

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

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Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if This show is simply a great, fun time at the theater. I recommend it to anyone with a passion for Chekhov and entertaining storytelling.

Don't see it if You should see it. Full stop.

Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You are a Chekhov fan and like to be taken on a funny, moving journey. Very touching and heartwarming stories you will take with you.

Don't see it if Don’t like Chekhov and a good laugh:)

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Like Chekhov

Don't see it if don't like comedy

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy great acting and beautiful stories by Chekhov!

Don't see it if You don't like a good laugh.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy good theater , great acting, brilliant directing. Truly funny and kind. Just the way Chekhov supposed to be.

Don't see it if Just see it!

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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