Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Platonov, or Play with No Name

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Masterful, Hilarious

About the show

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (7)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Masterful, Hilarious
87
Avg Score

77
Ambitious, Resonant, Intelligent, Edgy, Well acted & staged

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

88
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Surprising

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.

Also The Blessed Unrest theater company, with a big assist from a lean, fas... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

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

100
Great acting

See it if You enjoy Chekhov. Actors did a great job!

Don't see it if You are not open to different interpretations of Chekhov or are unfamiliar with Platonov.

100
Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy an unique and a delightful adaptation of Chekhov.

Don't see it if You need a simple plot.

90
Enchanting, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if uplifting comedy in trying times is what you need.

Don't see it if You hate Chekhov

During previews
78
Confusing, Funny

See it if You are familiar with some of Checkhov plays and won’t get confused if a character plays 2 or 3 parts.

Don't see it if You get confused easily with someone plays a different part when changes their clothing.


February 25th, 2018
"Rampant silliness collides with requisite melancholy in the spirited Anton Chekhov adaptation...A faithfully sly condensation of this flawed early work..The characters are archetypical and the dense plot blends comedy with sadness...Discerning who is who and what is what can be difficult at time...
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February 26th, 2018
"An intense, topical adaptation of Chekhov's first play...In Laura Wickens' fierce ninety-minute adaptation, physical theatre company Blessed Unrest pulls 'Platonov' from obscurity, breathing new life and topicality into this overlooked play...Blessed Unrest's charged adaptation transforms 'Plato...
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February 25th, 2018
"This production is an appreciated but flawed glimpse at a very young Chekhov testing out ideas and forms...Wickens’ adaptation is an enjoyable read. She expertly captures the nuanced behavior within Chekhov’s simple and precise language...'Platonov' contains all the charm and joy and satisfactio...
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March 2nd, 2018
"The striking physicality of much of the acting, and the overlapping and interruptions in the delivery of the dialogue all work with the space itself to create a captivating immediacy. This crisply directed production tosses the audience in in medias res and sweeps it along, the overlapping dialo...
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