Cherry orchard
3.5 / 5 Rated by 39 members
Review from Andrea L
212 events 104 reviews

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

reviewed May 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Concetta Phillipps
15 events 12 reviews

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

reviewed May 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from james
69 events 11 reviews

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

reviewed May 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from LMK
12 events 6 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 01 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Patti
12 events 4 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 04 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Mo in Chicago
Red Velvet 250 events 168 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 04 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Pat C.
Red Velvet 186 events 84 reviews

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.

reviewed Jun 02 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob Armstrong
217 events 109 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 18 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Scott S.
129 events 98 reviews

enjoyed performance - done well

reviewed Jun 04 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Paul Neiweem
72 events 60 reviews

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.

reviewed Jun 04 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from brock
54 events 50 reviews

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

reviewed May 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Sam Stephan
62 events 46 reviews

Entertaining little production... well acted.

reviewed Jun 03 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Jen on Albion
96 events 37 reviews

Not as enjoyable as expected.

reviewed Jun 30 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Arthur E
32 events 18 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 11 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Frank Surge
35 events 10 reviews

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.

reviewed Jun 19 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Marksman
16 events 8 reviews

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

reviewed May 31 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from wanderer
10 events 7 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 03 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Eileen Barton
21 events 7 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 02 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from moiramc
11 events 5 reviews

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

reviewed Jul 16 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Betty Oster
9 events 5 reviews

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

reviewed Jul 17 2011 report as inappropriate
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