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Ivanov – New York City Center, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Timofey Kulyabin Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The joke goes: What do you call someone that speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American. And so it is for this reviewer at the Theatre of Nations’ brilliant production of Ivanov at New York ...

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SEAGULLMACHINE – La Mama, New York

[SEAGULLMACHINE] [La Mama, NYC] (c)Theo Cote

Writer: Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, The Assembly Adaptor: The Assembly Director: Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf Reviewer: Jamie Rosler “In a world gone mad, what is the role of theatre?” So asks The Assembly in their production note in the program for the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE at La Mama. An innovative mash-up of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Heiner Müller’s ...

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Phill Jupitus: Juplicity – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Frank Sinatra used to open his gigs by gazing at the audience and wondering aloud what all those people were doing in his room. One half-wonders if Phill Jupitus is taking the line literally. As the audience enters The Lowry, 20 minutes before the curtain goes up, Jupitus is already on stage with his back to them listening to records. ...

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The Cherry Orchard – The Union Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapted by and Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As international political relations with Russia crumble under the weight of fake news, accusations of democratic tampering and nerve-agent poisoning, and as our tentative spring is once again interrupted by Siberia-like snows, the Union Theatre’s revival of The Cherry Orchard is a reminder of some of Russia’s more ...

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The Lady With a Dog – White Bear Theatre, London

Original story: Anton Chekhov Adaptor and director: Mark Giesser Reviewer: Stephen Bates Starting with a short story written by Anton Chekhov in 1899, writer and director Mark Giesser has devised a play about marital infidelity in the mid-1920s that has the feel of Noël Coward. It hovers between the casual frivolity of Private Lives and the fraught, guilt-ridden romance of ...

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Uncle Vanya – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Andrew Upton Director: Walter Meierjohann Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Chekhov classic Uncle Vanya seems to be going through a bit of a renaissance at the moment, with the play being performed in various nation-wide productions. As part of HOME’s season marking the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of the play is certainly one ...

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Uncle Vanya – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Peter Gill Translator: Helen Rappaport Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Charlie Senate To end the second act, Sonya (Rosie Sheehy), the professor’s assiduous daughter, who, along with her uncle Vanya [Jamie Ballard], manages the estate which has funded her father’s academic career, giddily begs her step-mother Elena (Shanaya Rafaat) to play a little diddy. “Oh, do, do! ...

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The Seagull – Access Theater, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptors: Fergus Scully & Taylor Petracek Director: Lillian Meredith Original Music: Sylvana Joyce Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Anton Chekhov’s plays plumb the heights and depths of the human condition in ways to which most playwrights can only aspire. Though the stories they tell exist in a specific time and place, the characters, and their struggles and triumphs, are ...

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