BAM presents Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution performed by St. Petersberg's Maly Drama Theatre in a new adaptation. More…
Maly Drama Artistic Director and world renowned theatre artist Lev Dodin directs this new adaptation of Chekhov's classic. Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, the story chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin.
See it if you want to see something entirely in Russian (with English subtitles). If you can help it, sit in the orchestra to have a full view.
Don't see it if long plays (3hrs, 1 intermission) aren't your thing. This is in Russian so be prepared to be engaged and reading subtitles the whole time.
See it if you want to hear it in the original Russian; a deeply serious take on this play, with remarkable acting
Don't see it if don't like to read subtitles
See it if you think the cherry on top of a good revival is a freshness that brings out new flavors. Many actors & staging ideas are pick of the crop.
Don't see it if playing with the text, a lack of clarity, slow 1st act & problematic central performance will leave a bad taste in your mouth.
See it if you're a fan of Chekov (I'm not particularly but this is a great work of his) and want to see masterful performances.
Don't see it if you listen to professional critics (I almost didn't go because of the NYX' scathing pan). Either the director retooled or the critic on LSD.
See it if Poor translation, glitzed up party scene, gem of a performance by Joel Grey but the original flavor lost
Don't see it if If you cherish the original witty , sad, and melancholy script. l
See it if you are open to a fresh insight into this classic Chekhov. Acting is superb and the director's concept opens the play to new revelations.
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional reading of this play. This is not a museum piece.
See it if This is a fascinating, revelatory Chekhov production with an outstanding ensemble. One of the best Cherry Orchards I've seen.
Don't see it if you don't want to read English subtitles and sit through 2 3/4 hours of a Chekhov dramedy that is heavier on the drama than the comedy.
See it if You want a tougher night at the theater than Matilda. You want to see Chekhov performed to its intentions.
Don't see it if You don't want to listen to Russian with English subtitles for three hours.
See it if You are wanting something to help you sleep .
Don't see it if You spend a ton of money on the ticket and you have high expectations like I did because of Diane Lane
See it if you're interested in seeing this play in its original Russian. But this production's level of melancholy is excruciating, even for Chekhov.
Don't see it if you'd hate the theatrical equivalent of dealing with a drunk friend sulking about their break-up for 3 hours. Excessive and unearned.
See it if If you want to see a Chekhov it in its original language. It clearly played better in Russian based in the applause.
Don't see it if The play was disappointing. It was slow and wooden. The Russian language didn't add to the authenticity but rather made the characters seem
See it if You have never seen a Russian Theatre production. Direction is innovative and refreshing. Subtitles are not distraction from the acting.
Don't see it if It is long but worth the three hours. Can not watch live performances with subtitles. Do not like Chekhov.