Raven Theatre's Michael Menendian Directs Chekhov's Comedic Drama The Cherry Orchard
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The last date listed for The Cherry Orchard was Saturday July 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Set in rural Ireland, John M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World follows a young man who swaggers into a small pub telling grand tales and boasting of dark deeds. Instead of condemning him, the local men and ladies admire him. Not all is as it seems, however, and when the young stranger meets his match in a feisty, beautiful barmaid, there's an unexpected twist in the tale that threatens his moment in the spotlight. This dark, comedic masterpiece still packs the same punch as when it was originally produced at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1907. Learn More
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I am not familiar with Chekov and did not know what to expect. i was very happy to see a well run, fun and lively performance of a heartfelt story that is appropriate in the current depressed economic times. It is amazing how history repeats itself and how the more things change the more they remain the same.
It is the eleventh year of a new century. Money is tight. The mortgage is due or the estate will be sold at auction. Is this America circa 2011? No, it’s Russia in 1911. Some things never change!
Chekhov’s final play, cleverly mixing comedy and tragedy, tells the tale of the Ranevskayas, a Russian family of wealth and history whose estate faces financial ruin unless strong measures are taken to save it. With the structure of their way of life crumbling, money has run dry and options are few. When the family matriarch returns from the arms of her freeloading lover, a devoted former servant provides a solution. As the sun sets on their family estate, will the family take action or or will they be condemned by their own arrogance and inertia?
Director, Michael Menendian, states, “The Ranevskayas are the definition of the stubborn blindness of the dying aristocracy, borrowing to maintain their standard of living. This is a family whose financial structure has been pulled out from under them while being simultaneously apathetic to solutions presented. It is sadly reminiscent of much of American society prior to the current recession of 2008. Our production will draw on the historic parallels of post-emancipation Russia and America, with an emphasis on the class differences that so define one’s place in society.”
Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov, gained initial success as a writer of short, humorous sketches and vignettes of contemporary Russian life, before transitioning into a successful playwright. A physician by trade, Chekhov injected equal doses of humor and pathos into all of his masterful plays. His work emphasizes mood and text that continues to challenge audiences and actors alike.
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