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From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

In the Assembly's new devised piece, an ensemble takes refuge in an abandoned theater, caught in the struggle between action and distraction. More…

Smashing together two iconic riffs on the Hamlet story – Anton Chekhov’s 'The Seagull' and Heiner Muller’s 'Hamletmachine' – The Assembly excavates the legacy of twentieth-century drama to ask: What’s the good of making theater anyway?

Member Reviews (5)


Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Well played DYI production of Chekhov's masterwork despite puzzling use of video Fuzzy textual juxtaposing Acting uneven but not determental

Don't see it if Muller's HamletMachine not integrated into Seagull text but clumsily layered on for last 1/2 hr despite good use of performing space

Innovative, Theatrical, Thought-provoking, Smart, Dizzying

See it if you’d like to see a smart mash-up of 3 classics of dramatic literature, perpetrated by 1 of our prime theater collectives.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional production.

Also The Assembly’s “Seagullmachine” pays tribute to 3 theater classics eve... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, This is two plays in one: 1st play winks at convention; 2nd is avant-garde style, 2.5 hrs long, Clever transition

See it if you love a traditional Seagull or will sit through a production of one to get to a production of Hamletmachine right afterward

Don't see it if you expect a new play; or if, like me, you’re sick of Seagulls w/ their ineffectual aristocrats & dour Mashas (75% of show will disappoint)

Also The way this show marketed itself set me up for disappointment. Those ... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Intelligent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You know and love your Chekhov and Mueller. Interesting, intense, partially on your feet explosion of 3 mammoths. Grand experiment.

Don't see it if It’s almost too intellectual. I studied with the Assembly and I love them, but this play asked an awful lot of its audience. My brain hurt.

Also I wish I had seen it a few times to take it all in.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you like Chekov's The Seagull and Hamlet and enjoy when artists are inspired by classics and reimagine them in thoughtful, innovative ways.

Don't see it if you only like traditional productions of classics and don't enjoy interacting with actors on stage and immersive experiences.

Also It's a fun and thoughtful play with unique and engaging staging that i... Read more Read less

April 24th, 2018
"There is a lot more experimental and a lot more mess to come in this nearly three-hour-long mash-up...There is a method to the Assembly’s apparent madness. The only problem, and it’s a big one, is that the concept only leads to a ramshackle show...Unevenly acted...Among the few interesting perfo...
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April 25th, 2018
"This is, in every sense, a play of two halves...A theatrical experience unlikely to please everyone all the time...The added value of smashing together two works is mostly apparent in the smaller details - but these are beautifully evocative moments. Even with an approach almost guaranteed to di...
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April 24th, 2018
"This theatrical double play doesn't ever gel enough to actually work together. As much as they try to make the pieces fit the whole is never greater than the sum of its parts. 'The Seagull' portion is passable...The first half of the 'Hamletmachine' section is just bizarrely out of place and so ...
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