Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard from Nora Theatre Company
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The last date listed for The Cherry Orchard was Sunday February 1, 2009 / 3:00pm.
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The play is worth seeing, for the price (although maybe not my favorite Chekhov play). The actors were fine.
I actually had a problem when I arrived at the theatre. Somebody had already picked up my tickets (not sure how this happened, but obviously they weren't checking IDs), and there was some confusion about what to do with us. Because I had a proper ID and proof of purchase, they let us in anyway, but didn't seem particularly happy about it (I think they thought we might be in cahoots with somebody else; I don't know if somehow my tickets got scammed or if it was an innocent mistake and the wrong ones were given out). Since they let us in, I have no problem with the theatre. Anyway, it started the night off badly and I didn't enjoy the whole experience as much as I might have.
The theatre is nice, although the seats aren't particularly comfortable. They were all close to the stage, in an intimate setting, which was good.
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It was a lifeless Chekhov, too realistic, and too distant for the American actors. Yet, some of them gave their best. And the scenic design looked very cheap - the illusion that we had a wealthy family in decay in front of us was never established.
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My fiancé had great seats and they were quite comfortable. The Cast was spectacular. The costumes were beautiful. The characters were strong and memorable. They pulled me right into the story and kept me all the way to the final fade to darkness....continued
The Nora Theatre Company’s production of _The Cherry Orchard _features an ensemble of Boston area favorites, including award-winning actress Annette Miller as Madame Ranyevskaya, Ken Baltin as Lopahin, and Michael Balcanoff as Gayev. This production reunites Miller with director Daniel Gidron, the two of whom worked so successfully together on Golda’s Balcony at Shakespeare & Company, and on Full Gallop at both The Nora and Shakespeare & Company.
Annette Miller recently starred in The Nora’s critically acclaimed Martha Mitchell Calling at Central Square Theater. Previously, she created Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop and before that the Bag Lady in Eastern Standard for The Nora Theatre Company. Miller is the winner of the 2003 IRNE Award and Elliot Norton Award for Best Solo Performance as Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony. She has been a member of Shakespeare & Company for a decade and has performed both on and off Broadway, including the role of Sylvie in the female version of The Odd Couple with Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers. Locally, she has also performed with the American Repertory Theatre and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Miller performed with the Chekhov Theatre Co. at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and subsequently played at the Chekhov Theatre in Yalta. She has also worked in TV and film.
Ken Baltin has been performing on Boston area stages for the past twenty years. Previously this season he appeared in Eurydice at New Repertory Theatre. Other recent credits include Copenhagen at the Vineyard Playhouse, Leslie Epstein’s King of the Jews, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Arms and the Man at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and the premiere production of Permanent Whole Life by Zayd Dohrn at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, which was awarded 2005 Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England.
Michael Balcanoff has been seen at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in What Then and Proof. Other credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Good Woman of Setzuan, Archangels Don’t Play Pinball, and Gillette with American Repertory Theatre; Ah Wilderness (Huntington Theatre Company); King of the Jews (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); _Night of the Iguana _(New Repertory Theatre); The Price (Gloucester Stage); and Entertaining Mr. Sloan (Lyric Stage Company of Boston).
Other cast members include Doug Lockwood (Trofimov), Donna Sorbello (Charlotta), William Young (Firs), Mark Peckham (Pishchick), Mara Sidmore (Varya), Elise Manning (Anya), Daniel Berger-Jones (Yasha), Darcy Fowler (Dunyasha), and Robert Bonotto (Epihodov).
George Malko has translated nineteen of Chekhov’s short dramatic writings, and three one-acts were given their first performances by The Nora Theatre Company in 1995. He has had original plays produced on television, regionally, Off-Broadway, in Europe, and in various workshops, and his produced screen and television writing credits include Dogs of War and Luna with Bernardo Bertolucci as well as episodes for TV series.
Daniel Gidron, The Nora’s Associate Director, recently directed We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! for the company at Central Square Theater. An IRNE Award nominee for Best Director, Small Theater for The Nora’s production of Buried Child, Gidron has directed over 15 productions for The Nora, as well as for the Lyric Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company, Peterborough Players, Jewish Theatre of New England, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among many others locally, as well as at theatres in Israel.
The design team includes Brynna Bloomfield (set), Arthur Oliver (costumes), John Malinowksi (lighting), Peter McMurray (sound), and Sacha Shawky (props).
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