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The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov
A fresh take on Chekhov
Monday, May 16, 2011
5.0
The Seagull was the first production that I chose to see at Fabrefaction, and I could not have been more impressed with my experience. Having studied Chekhov and Russian literature extensively, I thought that the direction, acting, and staging all combined to give the audience a modern approach to Chekhov. Jade Hawk's direction was superb. He infused the script (Tom Stoppard's translation) with life, wit, and sensitivity. The actors proved themselves up to the challenge of taking on such a difficult text and each brought a beautiful element of truth and soul to their characters. The set is one word: fantastic. The technical elements of this production were obviously chosen and created with care and it showed. I enjoyed the small details such as the crickets chirping in the background throughout the first acts, and the sounds of the storm as the play closes. These details really pull the audience into the performance - the outstanding performances by a true ensemble cast do the rest. Phillip Justman as Trigorin, Heather Rule as Nina, Dave Lauby's Dorn, and Christina Hoff as Masha all deserve a special mention. Diane Mitchell's Arkadina was directed brilliantly as a superficial caricature of vanity, which made her moments of real humanity incredibly touching.

The Seagull at Fabrefaction is not to be missed. Cheers to this young theater for taking on Chekhov - and succeeding!

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