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Anton Chekhov

The Weird But Wonderful Love Affair Between Love Letters and Broadway

Myra Chanin | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

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.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

Mad Science: David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group's Restless Eye

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

"I'm interested in an irrational response to our perceived place in the universe." So says choreographer David Neumann in his program notes for Rest...

Theater: Wiest and Turturro Lost In "Orchard;" Skip This "Dinner"

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE CHERRY ORCHARD AT CSC ** THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER AT THEATRE AT ST. CLEMENT'S ** THE CHERRY ORCHARD ** CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY Why oh why is Che...

Curtis M. Wong

Stage Dive: Michael Urie Tackles Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' In New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.26.2011 | Gay Voices

Michael Urie happens to really, really like New York. At least by Hollywood standards, the 31-year-old Urie's almost exclusive devotion to the Of...

PHOTOS: 10 People You Would Never Have Wanted To Duel

Posted 10.31.2011 | Books

From Melville House: Melville House’s new HybridBooks project allows readers of print books to download additional materials, called “Illuminat...

The 10 Best Literary Picnics

The Observer | Kate Kellaway | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books

In a boat, in the nude, with cold chicken, warm bananas, Mr Knightley or Mole…...

Chekhov Alive and Well in Hollywood: Two One-Acts at the Tres Stage Theatre

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

Classical theatre may not be your thing, but this is an evening that most would find accessible and to their liking. And as an added bonus it's cheap, with tickets just ten dollars.