Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (Broadway Theatre Archive)
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Actors and actresses run, rather than walk, to be cast in Checkov plays. It's easy to understand why, as he consistently wrote scripts that allow for character reinterpretation. His are also wonderfully cadenced lines, even in translation. His plays have depth and weight to them, even though the surface themes may appear ephemeral. "The Sea Gull" is no exception.
The reason I can't quite give this production four stars (but I would give it 4 1/2) boils down to personal tastes. I prefer my Checkov, as I prefer my Shakespeare, performed by British casts. Something about the training, and the innate ability to get at the essence of a character more convincingly. As American casts go, however, this one is nothing to sneeze at. A look at the roster will show you that these are all actors that have had a marked impact on the Broadway stage. This is a well staged, thoughtfully directed production, and is the best representation available to the home audience.
We should care because human beings still need lessons on love. Seeing "The Seagull" for me is a clarion call to loving just a little bit better.
--Janet Grace Riehl, author Sightlines: A Poet's Diary
Soon you settle down and realize that this film has something to say about people and life and getting along with each other. It does not need to be interpreted and you find that even though the location is in a different place and time (Russia 1896), the people are the same people that you already know. The play moves a tad fast so you will need to re-watch it for all the nuances.
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This is a classic, and maybe the best realization of The Seagull ever performed.Published 2 months ago by Linda Stephens
it's the Seagull by Chekov the cast was unexpected but oh such great play!Published 9 months ago by constance
The movie version of this classic is just a reading of the play with scenery. The acting is just workman like. There were no memorable roles. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James J. Stark
An excellent rendition of a surprisingly complex and moving play. Chekhov in a nutshell, with its longing, frustration and gentle family tragedy.Published on April 19, 2014 by David P. Barash
Wonderful version of Chekhov' s "Seagull." Very well acted and also very faithful to the text. Either rent or buy it.Published on February 15, 2014 by olive v
I have never read Chekov's original play, but I was quickly carried away by the depth and provocative language of this story; it's the kind of play that makes you fall in love with... Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by FritzFassbender
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