Tag Archives | Anton Chekhov

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Review: ‘The Present’ at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

In the beginning there was a play by Anton Chekov that was simply called “a long play without a title”. He’d written a first draft of it in 1878, later called it Fatherlessness. He gave it to his older brother Alexander who told him he found it untruthful, and suggested he give up playwrighting altogether. […]

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Review: ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ at Silver Spring Stage

Stupid Fucking Bird is Aaron Posner’s inspired and irreverent takeoff on Anton Chekhov’s 19th Century play The Seagull. Stupid Fucking Bird follows the plotline of its predecessor, while simultaneously poking fun at it. It became something of an instant classic in its own right when it debuted at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 2013 and […]

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Review: ‘Stupid F**king Bird’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Written by Aaron Posner and “sort of adapted from Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull,” Stupid F**king Bird is a highly imaginative and humorous depiction of the love triangles and life lessons between younger and older actors and artists on vacation at the lake shore. At the heart of the story, playwright Con loves his starring actress Nina, […]

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‘The Good Doctor’ at Upcounty Theatre

The Good Doctor is a play written by famed playwright Neil Simon. First produced on Broadway in November of 1973, this show is not widely produced by Community Theatre. Undaunted, Upcounty Theatre and Director Michael Abendshein conquers it admirably. The Good Doctor takes several short stories of renowned writer Anton Chekhov and whittles them down into […]

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‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Stupid Fucking Bird, Aaron Posner’s 2013 adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s late 19th century The Seagull, returns like the phoenix to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with its stellar cast and crisp direction. The production entertains with its tongue-through-cheek perspective, particularly if you aren’t too sensitive to suicide jokes and existential despair made light. Think extended Jerry Seinfeld […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Playwright Aaron Posner Talks About Inspiration, Adaptations and That ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’

Aaron Posner is a director and playwright whose impact is nationwide, and he is one of the hardest working men in theatre. Posner’s Award-wining play Stupid Fucking Bird (Helen Hayes – Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding New Play) made its stunning World Premiere last year at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The production returns to Woolly reuniting […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’ by Christina Frank

Fans of Chekhov rejoice. Pallas Theatre Collective has come to lift your spirits and make you laugh. Long have people tried to convince me that Chekhov is funny. After falling asleep in more than one version of a three hour Cherry Orchard I refused to believe them; I’m finally starting to understand. Under the helm of director […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’

Pallas Theatre Cordially Invites You to… The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov Some marriages are tragical.  Some farcical. All are challenging!   Marriage. So hot right now. Whether we’re redefining it through our court system, advocating on its behalf with opinion pieces and dialogue, mixing it up to include […]

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Shakespeare Theatre Co. Adds ‘A Funny Thing,’ ‘Mies Julie’ & Baryshnikov in 2013-1014 Schedule by Lindsay Tolar

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY FINALIZES THE 2013-2014 SEASON Additions Include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Presentations of Mies Julie and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case The Shakespeare Theatre Company has announced the addition of a sixth mainstage production, plus two intriguing presentations to complete the 2013-2014 Season. The Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened […]

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