The Seagull

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The latest iteration of The Seagull does little to distinguish itself from other Chekhov adaptations but provides a pleasing showcase for its sterling cast.



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Average Rating: 3.1/5

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One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam ("The Humans") from Anton Chekhov's classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening"), THE SEAGULL explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.

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  • Whatever their flaws, all of these characters are looked on with affection and sympathy - in true Chekhov style. In the end, even Irina gets her reflective moment - a hint that she may be capable of feeling for someone other than herself, after all.

    Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As entertaining and as lovingly crafted as it is, it fails to transcend.

    Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Mayer brings a labored hand to the proceedings and can't maximize his dynamite cast or the potential for salaciousness in Chekov's tangled web of characters.

    Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Chekhov would be appalled.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At times you feel like you're watching bits and pieces of two or three different films. Happily, they're all pretty good ones.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A story full of passion and longing and rage and betrayal that comes across as abstract verging on bloodless.

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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The cast is good, but this is just further proof that Chekhov belongs on the stage. Also, there are some weird structural choices that undermine the play's natural tension.

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