The Medicine Show Theatre's new musical mashup takes its audience on a joyous romp through one of history's greatest playwrights by way of one of history's greatest songwriters. More…
Two great men. One great love affair. Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter find one another at long last—just in time to warm your winter! 'Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter' marries the unbridled joy of Cole Porter's music to the beautiful dreams of Anton Chekhov's characters. A zany, music-filled evening of whimsy, gorgeous language, and profound silliness.
"There is a lot to enjoy in this production...Given the quality of the material, maybe a four-act, two-evening repertory production would also do justice to the most famous works of the doctor and the Porter...Bentley has spent a lot of quality directing hours transforming this ensemble into so many characters in so many musical universes. I must congratulate everyone for coming together to bring the world this new fusion show with all of its artistry." Full Review
"The approach is fresh and appealing but the results are mixed...The first act is more fully realized and could stand alone with slight extension. The second act comes across as a truncated mashup and is not as satisfying. Separately they each have potential as witty entertainment but joined together their impact is diminished. The periodic frothiness dissipates over the two and a half hour running time...Though structurally problematic, 'Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter' has much to enjoy." Full Review
See it if you like imaginative reinterpretations of classics. Their lives overlapped but I doubt they considered collaborating. Still this works well
Don't see it if you don't know Chekhov's plays. The plots are chopped thin and may not sustain a viewer who has no background.
See it if You want to hear great Cole porter songs not always sung in tune. Want a quick blur of a few checkhov plays.
Don't see it if You enjoy easily understandable plots, glossy, fully realized productions.
See it if you're intrigued by the concept, are a big fan of cole porter songs.
Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive whole. This feels more like a school experiment than a complete show.
See it if you love Chekhov and/or Cole Porter, you want a fun show that doesn't take itself too seriously
Don't see it if you find Chekhov plays confusing (and trust me, I wouldn't blame you if you did), you don't enjoy metatheatrical pieces
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