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. More…
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.
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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.
"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
"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
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.
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
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.
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
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.