December 15, 2012 |
Could the theater artist of 2012 really be … Samuel Beckett? Well, the 1969 Nobel Prize winner had stiff competition this year from Anton Chekhov, dead for more than a hundred years but more alive than ever onstage. Chekhov's early play "Ivanov" received a sensational Bart DeLorenzo production at the Odyssey Theatre in April, and I caught "Uncle Vanya" twice last summer in New York, once at Soho Rep with a cast of offbeat luminaries directed by Sam Gold and once at New York City Center in a Sydney Theatre Company production starring the preternaturally luminous Cate Blanchett.
August 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Anton Chekhov is always with us in the theater. But this summer his work has been especially prevalent, serving as an inspirational model for such contemporary playwrights as Tracy Letts, Andrew Upton and Annie Baker. Having recently returned from a stifling hot busman's holiday in New York where I saw two productions of "Uncle Vanya," the Baker adaptation at Soho Rep and the Upton adaptation courtesy of the Sydney Theatre Company at the Lincoln Center Festival starring Cate Blanchett, I can't help pondering the meaning of this Chekhovian preponderance.
April 18, 2012 |
"Ivanov," the play in which Anton Chekhov was still testing the formula for his dramatic breakthrough, is usually revived in somberly autumnal shades. So the opportunity to see the play thrillingly brought to life in brazen color, courtesy of director Bart DeLorenzo, is one that no serious aficionado of modern classics should pass up. A co-production between DeLorenzo's the Evidence Room and the Odyssey Theatre, where the show opened last weekend, this deliciously vivid, deliriously accelerated staging respects both the gravity and gaiety of Chekhov's 1889 play (nimbly translated by Paul Schmidt)
August 1, 2010 |
Anton Chekhov A Brother's Memoir Mikhail Chekhov, translated from the Russian by Eugene Alper Palgrave Macmillan: 230 pp., $25 Anton Chekhov's life is well documented: When he died of consumption in 1904 at age 44, he was honored all over the world. His short stories, plays and journalism are still upheld as models of humane perception and imaginative compassion. That their short fiction is "Chekhovian" is the compliment we pay to contemporary masters such as Alice Munro and William Trevor.
June 18, 2010
'Anton Chekhov's The Duel' MPAA rating: Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Playing: At Music Hall, Beverly Hills; Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Town Center 5, Encino; Westpark 8, Irvine
February 14, 2006 |
THE emotion of Sean Mathias' affecting production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, slips into moments that you might not ordinarily expect to be moved by. When Lopakhin, the self-made entrepreneur who can't shake off his lowly upbringing, opens a book only to acknowledge how much of it was lost on him, it's hard not to feel the haunting grip of a disadvantaged past.