Potomac Stages Observes The Seagull

The Seagull on 16th Street – a review
June 17 – July 19, 2009, Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 and 7:30 pm
Reviewed for Potomac Stages on June 27 by David Siegel
Ari Roth’s Unique adaptation for those immersed in Chekhov’s world of self-indulgent beings

This is an appealing work for those immersed in the esteemed Anton Chekhov’s oeuvre and who want to see a contemporary world premiere adaptation with a rather unique twist. This is no half-hearted variation of costume changes and frothy accents. This The Seagull is a gutsy, distinctive turn that brings forth issues of faith that Ari Roth found present in Chekhov’s century old original. In his adaptation, Roth superimposes matters regarding the Jewish faith and the struggles of prominent characters to either reconnect with their former religion or continue on their path to assimilation and integration into society. This newly-minted theme is overlaid on Chekhov’s bracing work regarding artistic creativity as well as the consequences of mismatches of love. Does the adaptation work?

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