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 Post subject: Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Seagull’ Soars
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:55 am 
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Geez...wish I lived in any of the areas mentioned. I saw the Royal Shakespeare Company do "Macbeth" at Stratford-on-Avon in 1982. If the Company is as good now as it was then, the audience is in for a real treat!

Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Seagull’ Soars

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Anton Chekhov‘s “The Seagull,” currently in New York and soon to move to Minneapolis and Los Angeles, seems, at first, to be merely a skillful and familiar rendition of a masterpiece. It is expertly directed and well-acted. It comes with birch trees and samovars and peasants strumming balalaikas. But like many great works of art, the power of this production is cumulative. By the end of the evening, thanks to the exceptional actors, one leaves the theater moved by the struggles of these ordinary, imperfect characters. They chase love and art. They are profoundly hurt by the collisions of romance and reality. They live with the heaviness of unfulfilled lives and unrequited love. They carry on, as we all do, with humor, the numbing habits of family and social obligations, and a weary hope that life will someday, somehow, change.

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