The Cherry Orchard Reviews
Terry Pratchett parodied the various works of Anton Chekov in [i]The Fifth Elephant[/i], the work tonight's title is paraphrased from. One of the three sisters was plotting savage murder on the cherry orchard. That would have made the story interesting. (That's on, mind; it was the trees she was after, not someone under them. Though either way would have been interesting, really.) However, if the library has a version of [i]The Three Sisters[/i], I don't think I'll be bothering with it.
Chekov died 103 years ago this month. There's a fair bit more talk of sex, politics, and gender-bending (though I don't know if that's in the play, to be fair) in this than one would expect from an English play of the same time--that wasn't Oscar Wilde, I suppose, Oscar having died 30 November, 1900.
I don't get this play. The movie's quite good, if you can make sense of it. The cherry orchard is clearly intended to be deeply symbolic, but I'm not sure what it's symbolic [i]of[/i]. I think it varies from character to character; to Ranyevskaya, it's family and history, to surly merchant guy, it's wealth and power. To the audience, it's confusion and rambling.
A review on IMDB suggests that I would like the play better. I, for one, am inclined to doubt. After all, the [i]words[/i] are the same, and the words are half the problem. I don't care enough about these people to care about this movie.