Anton Chekhov’s infamously long-winded, unfinished early play comes to life in a new, aggressively pared-down adaptation from Blessed Unrest. More…
A man of status with questionable sexual ethics runs rampage. A society fixated on the chaos of the moment ignores their collapsing economic system. A culture of open gun possession leads to rash and deadly consequences. Sounds familiar? Laura Wickens's bold new adaptation cuts Chekhov’s 220-page script to a lean 60 pages.
See it if Wickens' stripped down adapt makes Chekhov's title character a #MeToo reprobate yet still keeps him interesting; well acted by Stokes
Don't see it if Some actors had difficulty with duel roles Play's arc still clunky despite edit (more Chekhov's fault than Wickens) Fluid staging by Burr
See it if you are at all interested in Chekhov: this play is the seedbed from which his mature masterworks would spring over the next few years.
Don't see it if you are uneasy about mixing farce with tragedy.
See it if You adore Chekhov. A brilliant resurrection of his first play never performed before. Staging is hilarious.
Don't see it if See it ! No reason not to!q