Monday, July 1, 2013

Chekhov's "The Seagull" by New York Classical Theater

Masha and the audience in Central Park.

New York Classical Theater's 14th season is in full swing. I loved their performance of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov in Central Park, and later attended the Brooklyn premiere in Prospect Park. As a Brooklynite who lives close to the Park, I'm beyond thrilled that they came to Brooklyn. Welcome!

Panoramic nature of New York Classical stagings means the audience gets up every 10-15 minutes and moves to a new location, as actors change scenes. I've been following this theater for a few years now. One noticeable trend from year to year is that the audiences grow in numbers. It's no wonder, really: these actors put on masterful performances of some of the best classics out there (Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov.) The plays are brilliantly directed by Stephen Burdman with plenty of humour and dynamism. He baffles me with his ability to deliver most convoluted storylines with grace and simplicity, The Seagull being his latest feat. Plus, the actors exert super-powerful energy. Clearly, they love what they do. And there's beautiful costumes. Did I mention it's free to the public? Seems like New York's best kept secret is finally leaking out...

Wonderful NYTimes reviews help spread the word, too...

Don't miss their next set of stagings. This time, it's Shakespeare's The Tempest (Directed by Sean Hagerty) in Battery Park, July-August. See you there!

Masha & Semyon Semyonovich

Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin
Nina and Trigorin
Trigorin and Nina
Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin
Kostya & Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin
Irina Nikolayevna & Trigorin

Trigorin & Irina Nikolayevna 

Nina & Trigorin
Yevgeny Sergeyevich Dorn
Masha, Paulina Andreyevna & Yevgeny Sergeyevich Dorn

Pyotr Nikolayevich & Polina Andreyevna
Kostya, Irina Nikolayevna & Pyotr Nikolayevich


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