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Anton Chekhov

Sweet Clarity

George Heymont | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the hardest tasks for theatre companies is to find a way to make classics of the dramatic literature accessible to modern audiences.

Vanya and Sonia Spotted in Cleveland

Daryl Rowland | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, playing now through April 26 at the Cleveland Playhouse, is a delightful literary romp that keeps the audience laughing from the first scene until the curtain drops.

Stages Repertory Theatre: The Glitz and Glamour of Theatrical Fundraising

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.09.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Perhaps theater has always been an idea whose best moment is yet to come. I mean, there must be something maddening about the year-in, year-out program model that regional theaters must bear in order to do their work.

First Nighter: Schilling, Dinklage, Edwards Spend 'A Month in the Country'

David Finkle | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you go by Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country, revived at Classic Stage Company, you might conclude the revered Russian literary man was more of a city lover.

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."

Theater: Jane Austen On Stage? Bedlam Ensues!

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's theater that exults in the marriage of their talents and your imagination to create something special that needs no elaborate sets or frippery. The Chekhov is good (no small feat). The Austen is delightful and near masterful. And I will be certain to see whatever they do next.

Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Francis Levy | Posted 12.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Somewhere in Alejandro's Inarritu's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) lurks a decent short story.

The Weird But Wonderful Love Affair Between Love Letters and Broadway

Myra Chanin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

The very prolific Gurney is a cross between Anton Chekhov and Alan Ayckbourn. Like Chekhov, Gurney has a feel for both farce and tragedy and writes about characters trapped in what they don't realize is an expiring culture.

First Nighter: Is Donald Margulies's 'Country House' Too Chekhovian or Not Chekhovian Enough?

David Finkle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Curiously, one of the reasons the play falls short of Pulitzer Prize-winning Margulies's usual vaunted mark is that he's chosen, as many playwrights before him have, to make The Country House an homage to Chekhov. To be more specific, he's saluting--if you want to call it that--The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, and he goes seriously awry doing so, falling far short of Chekhov's dramaturgically and emotionally involving level

Stage Door: Uncle Vanya

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Charting the misery of his beloved Russia on the brink is Chekhov's artistry. He is adept at heartbreak, exposing the raw yearnings of those caught between desire and obligation. Broken people, broken relationships destroyed by inertia and indifference are his specialty.

Off Broadway: Uncle Vanya at the Pearl Theater and Almost Home at the Acorn

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The Pearl Theater's revival of Uncle Vanya illustrates this fine company's signature charm, and does one better, doing Anton Chekhov the good service of playing his tragicomedy for humor over gravitas.

Fear and the Filmmaker in Cannes: The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Despite its short length, The Aftermath is a full and significant film, and although bare and minimalist in look, it's crowded with expectation. It is also groundbreaking, as I've endlessly mentioned before, the first film from Egypt to be included in the Cinéfondation.

5 Things to Know Before You Graduate College

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Carlota Zimmerman

If you're about to graduate from college, you're probably either jubilant about your impending liberation...or you're waking up at 3a.m., in a cold sw...

Mikhail Baryshnikov Transforms Chekhov in Santa Monica

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

If you're a fan of Mikhail Baryshnikov, or think you know your Chekhov from your Pushkin, Man in a Case might be your theatrical cup of tea.

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

Turkey Lurkey Time

George Heymont | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Marga Gomez is back at The Marsh with a new one-woman show (her 10th). Unlike previous monologues which were primarily autobiographical, Lovebirds is a beautifully written piece of fiction whose protagonist is a photographer named Polaroid Phillie.

Bits and Bobs From Theatre Land

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

A lesser known, at least to me, United Solo Theatre festival of performance pieces, almost blew into town without noticing. So far, I've seen only two shows, but the commitment, intensity and charm of the shows makes it a very worthwhile platform for talent.

Gathering Gadflies

Tamsin Smith | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

There are no bystanders at the Aspen Leaders Action Forum. The small group, text-based seminars are designed specifically to draw personal, real-life responses from the global leaders who attend.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Sweet Bird," "Merrily," Worthwhile Others

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

By 1959 when Tennessee Williams got around to presenting Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, as directed by Elia Kazan and starring Geraldine Page and Pa...

Coping and Laughing With Uncle Vanya

Matt Budd | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Coffee cups crashing to the floor upset a tranquil Bucks County morning at the opening of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike the hilarious new Christopher Durang play now running at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.

First Nighter: Clive, Moose Murders Include Deaths in More Ways Than One

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

I'm only left to report that in one extraordinary week I saw both Clive and Moose Murders and am prepared in both instances to cry, "Murder most foul!" Which was worse? Please don't ask.

'Chekhov's Enlightenment'

Francis Levy | Posted 03.13.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

Rather than Enlightenment figures like Locke, you might say that Chekhov had more in common with Edmund Burke to the extent that his skepticism and anti-millenarianism were rooted in the doctor's understanding of the complexity of pathology.

The Joseph Epstein Cult

Francis Levy | Posted 12.06.2012 | Books
Francis Levy

Joseph Epstein's "The James cult" in the October 2012 The New Criterion is a terrific essay. He calls himself a Jacobite, a wonderful locution in and ...

Theater: Ethan Hawke and Richard Nixon at Their Finest

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Going to see Ivanov was one of the first times I'd left my Long Island City neighborhood since the storm and despite an hour on the train and then walking 30 or so blocks to get there, it was very welcome indeed.

On the Culture Front: Bogota, a Developing Metropolis

Chris Kompanek | Posted 11.14.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Bogota is both a confounding and beautiful city. Nestled below the Andes mountains, the expansive developing metropolis doesn't reveal its charms easily, but rather holds them close as tightly guarded secrets.