Tuesday May 31, 2011 / 8:00pm (Preview)The Cherry Orchard
How was your experience?
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 over-the-top in parts. Of course, Chekhov's writing brings that out some, its hard to get that stream-of-consciousness style right immediately. Charlotta (Liz Fletcher) is a treasure - I hope she continues to do Raven productions. Boris (Jason Huysman) is also quite good - a good mix of the caricature he is meant to play as well as serious actor. Yermolay (Frederick Harris) was the only character I was conflicted with - he's supposed to be a jerk, but he's also supposed to be connected to the characters as his father worked for the family, and he doesn't seem to have any connection to them in this version of the play (although it is stated the connection, it just doesn't come across in action, I think). Very, very good acting overall, and an excellent use of the stage and entryway to keep the scenes going. I thought the "orchard" was a nice touch in the entryway, for example. The scenery is interesting and the lighting done well without detracting from the acting. This is worth seeing, folks. You won't regret it.