Cherry orchard

The Cherry Orchard Reviews

Raven Theatre East Stage (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

39 ratings
3.5 average rating
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Andrea L
189 events
93 reviews
3 stars
attended May 31 2011

Theatre is a visual and auditory experience. It is not radio.

I am not a fan of color-blind casting because in many cases, I find it confusing. For example, when Shakespeare had two brothers, one white, one black, with white father and...continued

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12 reviews
25 stars
attended May 31 2011

Really entertaining. The play is an interesting balance of sadness and happiness, fun and despair. This was one of the first previews I've been to at the Raven where it *felt* like a preview - things were a little too frenetic, a little too...continued

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65 events
11 reviews
1 stars
attended May 31 2011

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...continued

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6 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 01 2011

I had never seen a play by Chekhov and was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I found the first act to be, perhaps, so much of its own time and place as to make it difficult to discern much universal from it. This, of course, falls much more...continued

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4 reviews
12 stars
attended Jun 04 2011

Love the Raven and hadn't been for awhile so bought 4 tickets, husband & I and another couple that love the Raven too. I told them tragic comedy but the tragedy ended up us going to see it. The theatre was too cold but I would have gladly gotten...continued

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215 events
148 reviews
63 stars
attended Jun 04 2011

The actors were good, but the adaptation was so focused on making the story a comedy, it lost a lot of the meaning.

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149 events
71 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 02 2011

Can't beat Chekhov for family drama and social commentary. Raven did a nice job with this piece. Nice set. Acting ranged from competent to stellar. I'd recommend it.

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56 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 04 2011

A good show, but not great. Suffers some from age and Russian names. Very good acting; good pace. I guess I just prefer a more contemporary show.

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49 events
46 reviews
53 stars
attended May 31 2011

i liked this play but gave it a 4 star because it is more of an intellectual type of play, and many people might not like it i did wife did not says she did not understand, i think they forgot to put synopsis in play bill. to me this play is sort...continued

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Scott S.
110 events
93 reviews
11 stars
attended Jun 04 2011

enjoyed performance - done well

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133 events
79 reviews
14 stars
attended Jun 18 2011

Intelligent yet audience-friendly, makes characters and story elements clear without making intent obvious or overstated. It's a sad story of course, but audience is always uplifted with comedic values and sense of family among characters who move...continued

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54 events
42 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 03 2011

Entertaining little production... well acted.

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65 events
27 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 30 2011

Not as enjoyable as expected.

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29 events
18 reviews
15 stars
attended Jun 11 2011

A fine production of a great play. The sadness inherent in a group of fading aristocrats who, on the eve of the Russian Revolution, see that their world is changing but lack the will or capacity to prevent these changes provides an enduring theme...continued

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32 events
9 reviews
16 stars
attended Jun 19 2011

This was a solid, well-done production of The Cherry Orchard, just what I think Chekhov would have intended. The tone was exactly right, with the mixture of comedy and pathos captured perfectly.

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8 reviews
6 stars
attended May 31 2011

It is a fairly spacious theatre and well air-conditioned one.
Set design was very pleasant and in style.So were the costumes.

The production itself lives much to desired,to put it mildly.
I have seen American classics staged in Raven...continued

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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 03 2011

I have not seen a lot of Chekhov. "Three Sisters" and "Marriage Proposal" are the only two other plays I have seen by this playwright. In all cases, including the present one, I have been less than enamored by the production. I'm beginning to...continued

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18 events
6 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 02 2011

This is a wonderful performance of a theater classic. It is fun and fast paced and reminds you why some plays stand the test of time so well.
You don't need to know the play to enjoy this performance

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Jul 16 2011

Director Michael Menendian's creative, provocative casting decision -- hiring African-American actors to play the freed Russian serfs in Chekov's classic "The Cherry Orchard" -- worked brilliantly. Liz Fletcher as Charlotta turned a smallish part...continued

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Jul 17 2011

good theatre. great set and costumes. so professional.
The actors were perfectly cast. Don't miss this production.

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