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The Arkadina Project (FringeNYC)

Members say: Funny, Edgy, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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18 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: The Arkadina Project is a modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”. Follow Kostya, Nina and Masha on their struggles with celebrity obsession, unrequited love and parental suffocation. Adult, witty, and makes you feel guilty for laughing so hard.

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Categories: Comedy, Multi-Media, Local. From The Re-Writes. Written by Kris Thor, Ashley Kelley, Sarah King, Jeffrey Fato, and Jon Steiger. Directed by Ashley Kelley.

FROM THE ARTIST:
Arkadina Project is one of the few shows that have been selected for the 2016 International Fringe Theatre Festival. FringeNYC, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will present the 20th Annual Festival from August 16 – 27, 2016.

TAP is a comedy so dark you'll feel guilty for laughing so hard. With high-tech elements such as live go-pro performances, actors lit entirely by cell phones, and a set dressed with projections the audience is sure to forget this was once considered a classic.This hilarious, high-tech modernization of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” follows Kostya, Nina and Masha on their struggles with celebrity obsession, unrequited love and parental suffocation. Sex Scandals, Sell Outs, and Smirnoff. But no Seagull.

 

Reviews (20)

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75
Avg Score

60
Theatre is Easy

"The writers took a risk with a piece that plays more like a spoof than an adaptation. Chekhov die-hards might find its deviation difficult to digest; others may find it amusing. But the makers behind this production are well aware that it is, indeed, not for everyone. Nonetheless, with a retelling or modernization of an old piece, there is an opportunity to capitalize on the exigency of the story in its new context: why this play now? I wished to have a better understanding of the stakes." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"Top-notch quintessential fringe…'The Seagull' is the template, and they run with it like running with scissors. The solid script, updated with a bad mouth and attitude, allows the huge reflex to comedy to float above the tragedy…There's precision direction, four all-around excellent actors, fluid minimal set, and a smart structure… If you know Chekhov's 'Seagull' you'll appreciate the echoes. If you don't, you'll applaud the sheer entertaining theatricality." Full Review

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84
Avg Score

85
Entertaining

See it if you really like the Seagul, or like stories about teenage angst

Don't see it if you don't understand, or don't want to remember the trauma that teens feel.

70
Ambitious

See it if You've seen or read The Seagull or read the Wikipedia entry, and are curious what a modern version with social media would be like

Don't see it if You're sick of mediated communication (altho that's the point), or you have low tolerance for decent concepts that aren't quite there yet

85
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if really fun

Don't see it if stuck-up

97
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy dark comedies that make you think while you laugh, or if you're interested in a brand new, modern take on an old classic.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable with adult themes and foul language.

35
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Confusing

See it if People with a penchant towards Football Players, Hockey Players, Soccer Players, Sport Type

Don't see it if It was violent and tense and called Arkiose

41
Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if It wasn't very exciting and I found myself getting bored

Don't see it if You want a thriller

93
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You enjoy thought provoking theatre regarding important topics affecting our country, particularly if you are interested in race relations

Don't see it if You want fiction or a plot per se. This is an auto-biographical piece by a husband and wife about their relationship.

90
Clever, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if You like modern day adaptations of classics. You appreciate dark humor.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by raunchiness and dark humor.

98
Funny, Great acting, Really found this to be highly entertaining and an interesting version of the story.

See it if You like dark humor.

Don't see it if If you do not like swearing.

95
Funny, Original, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like a dark yet thoughtful comedy. Lots of fun for everyone

Don't see it if you get offended easily, or under the age of 18

60
Ambitious, Delightful, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like modern adaptation of classics

Don't see it if you expect any real substance

100
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if This well written adaptation of "The seagull" brings an entertaining laugh out loud show you just must see! Loved it!

Don't see it if If your looking for your average sugar coated love story this isn't it. There is a love triangle but it's anything but sugary.

79
Ambitious, Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of dark comedy and raunchy humor.

Don't see it if You get offended easily.

82
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a farce that will flip on a moments notice.

Don't see it if You are looking for something very light hearted

100
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Must see, Quirky

See it if You like comedy. You like birds. You like crazy costumes. You like great actors doing an awesome job.

Don't see it if You don't like profanity.

100
Original, Edgy, Must see, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like dark comedy and good acting

Don't see it if Looking for a G rated show.

100
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if You enjoy dark humor, Chekhov, and heart wrenching emotions that will make you bi-polar. A Great piece of theater that I thoroughly enjoyed

Don't see it if You hate dark humor, Chekhov, and heart wrenching emotions that will make you bi-polar.

100
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You like dark comedy, it was hilarious in a twisted way. A delightful twist on the characters from The Seagull. Totally different!

Don't see it if You want a PG show, they make dirty jokes and it's definitely for the 18+ crowd