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The Chekhov Dreams

From 8 critic and 28 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

A dark romantic comedy about love, death, loss, hope, literature, and suicide.

In 'The Chekhov Dreams,' Jeremy’s fiancée has it all – beauty, intelligence, beguiling charm. She’s also dead, but that doesn’t stop her from visiting him every night in his dreams. This blissfully aberrant arrangement unravels with the interference of Jeremy’s hedonistic brother and his overly enthusiastic acting scene partner, with whom he’s stuck working on a scene by Chekhov – the one writer he loathes. Worse yet, this actress is starting to arouse the jealousy of his betrothed just as she’s beginning to reveal her true powers. Jeremy’s fiancée may be to die for, but will he go that far?

Theater Pizzazz

"A delightful, humorous romp through eternal love and the literary life in a production which abounds with zany and fanciful twists...This intriguing and always spot-on play is a unique entertainment...The ensemble’s work is seamless, believable, and integrated in revealing the story...Leslie Kincaid Burby elucidates the production masterfully with enlightened interpretations, fine staging and specific, moment-to-moment direction." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Dana Watkins reaches into our hearts as the man inconsolable in his longing for what once was a perfect love...Elizabeth Inghram is the perfect dead lover...While this might seem like a chick flick or a mindless sitcom, there is more than meets the eye and ultimately this show is completely satisfying...This is a show that will make you like life and be glad that you went to the theatre. I recommend this show highly." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"You can't help but enjoy' The Chekhov Dreams', a dark and witty world-premiere rom-com...Examines the psychology of love, life, loss, and dreams, in a clever contemporary mash-up of Chekhov’s 'The Seagull' and Hans Christian Andersen’s 'The Snow Queen'...Burby directs with mordant humor, underlying sensitivity, and engaging blocking...She fluidly navigates through the script's surprising shifts in mood, from fantasy to reality, risible behavior to demoralizing pain." Full Review

Motherhood Later

"McKinney's dark, romantic comedy will fulfill all those theatregoers who enjoy Chekhov or yearn for a classic Greek tragedy...The design team work cohesively to add intrigue to the backdrop and with the characters of the play to successfully reinvent Chekhov's usually depressing ending; instead we are left feeling optimistic about love and a connectivity in life and hope for living another day...A compelling, well-produced and acted play, and deserving of a longer run." Full Review

Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"Though it’s in need of some judicious trimming, John McKinney’s engagingly surreal romcom largely succeeds in building a delectable Dagwood sandwich of multiple genres, archetypes, and conventions...The wit and tenderness with which McKinney renders his vibrant characters give the audience both an enjoyable ride and something to talk about after the curtain falls...Watkins provides the show with a solid emotional core." Full Review

A Work Unfinishing

"This turned out to be quite a charming romantic comedy with a twist. There are things I could pick apart - a somewhat inconsistent engagement with mental illness, or how the women still rather felt like props to the male narrative - but these are things which came up more for me after the show rather than during it. During the show, I was engaged and amused, laughing and investing in the characters on their journey...The ensemble here is terrific." Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

"A humorous play that is not for every humor. A modern twist on Chekov’s 'The Seagull,' its jokes rise and thrive on your literary knowledge, and how intellectually stimulated you need to be for a laugh...It still only heats up those that LOVE classic novels and devour any chance for a pretentious snide...A charming cast...First half may wane a little bit in holding everyone’s interests. Yet, its second half is excellently paced, and grabs your attention." Full Review


"Everything appears to be just as it should be...Yet in spite of all that there's something just not right overall...The cast is a talented lot. While each player plays their part the problem with the ensemble is one of what appears to be nervous energy...There's also that unwavering feeling of trying too hard to please..The entire show runs a bit too long...There’s a gem of a show to be mined here but the excavation would have to go deep." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You love great,committed acting, literary wit, a fast pace, good dialogue and a surprising tale that has at heart a love of Chekhov!

Don't see it if You don't like emotional tales, a bit of whimsy, and romantic, dreamlike conundrums

Also I adore Chekhov and it paid off as this script has many literate jokes... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want a well written witty smart play that parallels the art of playwriting. Great acting & intriguing plot keeps you engaged throughout.

Don't see it if No reason not to. Some cutting could be done near the end, but overall an enjoyable story well worth seeing.

Great fun and a little challenging

See it if you love good comedy, a little goofy yet intelligent.

Don't see it if you don't like mysterious apparitions. Otherwise it is great.

Also A fun evening with a dash of Chekhov and other literary allusions.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like an intelligent, well interpreted script. Brilliantly directed and very well acted. Modern love story with some dark overtones.

Don't see it if you insist on all your characters being living humans. Some deceased characters interact beautifully with the living.

Also It just closed. If it comes back and you get a chance, see it, especia... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you want a very well acted and intelligent modern comedy paralleling Chekhov's "The Sea Gull." Delightful from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you want to miss one of off-B'way's surprising delights.

Absorbing, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if You like romance with intellect.

Don't see it if Like political docudramas.

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy a well crafted intelligent romantic comedy.

Don't see it if You have no imagination and no romance in your soul.

Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a well written play that uses Chekhov and his lines very well

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Chekhov

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you like an amusing play with very funny situations. Excellent set for a small stage. The dialogue is very entertaining. Good characters.

Don't see it if you do not like comedy or romance.

Also The plot was truly entertaining and interesting. The role of the broth... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you believe in life after death, lol. Want to see well-acted and engaging play about the intra-psychic difficulties of surviving a spouse.

Don't see it if You demand clarity and logic in theater.

Also Play is confuding; why did the off-stage 'ghost' commit suicide? Uncle... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Like a serious play that has humour but is also thought provoking

Don't see it if You are looking for a quick play with a fast resolution.

Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Conflicted suicidal writer torn between possessive dead girlfriend and cute young crush. Sexy romantic comedy with clever surprises.

Don't see it if Indulgent and belabored at times. The young girl was unconvincing. Would have preferred a more ambiguous ending.

An on-the-nose play about subtext

See it if This is an entertaining play that feels very "pre-#metoo." But Chekhov -- my man! -- makes an appearance!

Don't see it if If you're a Chekhov fanatic, like myself, you'll be charmed but also confounded by the unsubtle message to leave things unsaid.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Pretentious

See it if Foreplay is a man and woman guessing literary quotes.

Don't see it if You love Checkov.

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing

See it if don't mind rambling, drawn out plays about self involved people. The cast works hard and the direction is fine.

Don't see it if are looking for a play that is worthy of the issues touched upon here.

Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like heartwarming and entertaining stories. See it for a new perspective about Chekhov! Very funny!

Don't see it if you want pure comedy without substance.

Ambitious, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if You want to see people discussing Chekhov and what a "great/not great/great/not great" writer he was.

Don't see it if Obscure literary jokes and "will they, won't they" comedic romances aren't your thing.

Also Literary references need to be incorporated meticulously so the audien... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you love theatre that hits you at the height of your intelligence, is very funny, and beautifullly acted and directed! Great theatre!

Don't see it if Just go see it! It’s fantastic!

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like witty romance and dark comedy

Don't see it if You’re easily offended

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like intelligent, funny, original story, great direction, beautiful tech, excellent acting.

Don't see it if You don't care for love stories, adult situations. Sexual references.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You love theater, actors, writers, romance and magic.

Don't see it if If you can't suspend your imagination for love.

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if you like well crafted drama, great acting, flawless directing. One of the best plays I have seen in 50+ years of theater-going.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It is close to perfect.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You know Chekhov and like seeing its relevance today.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by dream and reality mixtures and don’t have any familiarity with Chekhov.

During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Romantic, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you were a literature or theater major

Don't see it if you prefer TV

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Funny

See it if You like a mysterious element in the story. Good acting.

Don't see it if You are easily confused.

Cast & Creatives (11)