Tag Archives: theater


Art Imitates Life

Even cut free from its roots, Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard carries with it, as freight, the tragedy overhanging its author’s life. Chekhov’s tuberculosis progressed with such exquisite slowness that it resembles a metaphor of itself, a dim, gloomy background that – first intermittently, then increasingly – intruded onto Chekhov’s determinedly cheerful foreground. By the time of […]


1904: Peter Pan

Image: The original poster from the debut 1904 production of Peter Pan at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. Click on the image to read a review of the production originally published in The Manchester Guardian on 28 December 1904.

Meryl Street, The Cherry Orchard 1976

Adaptable: Chekhov

A so-called “problem” play bears little resemblance to a “problem child” – in the topsy-turvy realm of theater a problem becomes an invitation to limitless reinvention and amusement. No matter how many times the problem is “solved,” it begs a new solution to suit a new “now,” thus the enduring debate as to the proper […]


Must See: Pina

German choreographer Pina Bausch died just a couple of days before this film was to begin shooting. Wim Wenders, best known for the 1987 feature Wings of Desire, has nonetheless created an utterly mesmerizing 3D tribute to a genius of the body. Watch the trailer above or here.


Chekhov’s Overcoat

A French Russophile coined the famous quote, “We all come out from Gogol’s overcoat,” and Nikolai Gogol likely had an influence on Chekhov, born 50 years after the realist pioneer. But it is Chekhov’s overcoat – or, perhaps, his iconic pince-nez – from under which modern drama originally emerged, at least according to The New […]


The Mountaintop

I just read the script and I can’t wait to see this play in November. Read up on playwright Katori Hall in The New Yorker (abstract) and The New York Times. Reading the play (and, I imagine, seeing it) makes this clip from Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech all the more moving.


Links 2 – 4 October

Enjoy technology, Bill Kellar writes, but don’t write off the universities. This week’s podcast from The Arabist on de-Qadhafization The Lit Saloon on a French theatrical adaptation of Alaa al-Aswany’s Chicago Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s identifies with Peggy Olson – no, actually Holden Caulfield. Huh? How to Architect demonstrates how to write like an […]