Synopses & Reviews
Chekhov's great tragicomic eulogy for a passing way of life represents, according to Robert Brustein, some kind of powerful culmination of all his dramas up to that time. This superb adaptation illuminates Chekhov's fine mind, discriminating heart, and beautiful soul, and is wonderfully playable.
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Chekhov's great tragicomic eulogy for a passing way of life is superbly adapted to make a powerful and beautifully playable drama. Plays for Performance Series.