Like all Anton Chekhov’s masterpieces, Cherry Orchard While walking the tightrope between comedy and tragedy, the new staging of strange pitches at Sean Mathias’ Theater Royal Windsor is almost completely uncaptured in any version of this comedy-meets-tragedy hybrid.
Instead of dry, dark, complex humor, there’s a wide, long-headed dash that eliminates knock-about gags, slapstick pieces, and almost all potentially serious or meaningful aspects of the plot.
In doing so, Matthias will probably create one of the few Chekhov versions of Chekhov that can be imagined. It also feels non-Russian in particular, and instead has the atmosphere of a very British Edwardian era chaban set in the British country estate.
Fresh from recent Hamlet depictions, Ian McKellen extends his talent to portraying men on the other side of the age group, directed by Matthias and using many of the same cast members.
As an ancient servant of a poor family, Fars moans across the stage, steadily doting on his aristocratic allegations, even though he has little energy left to move his limbs. I tremble.
McKellen’s performance, like his two sisters Valya and Kezrena James and Missy Marek as Anya, is one of the reimbursement features of the play.
James’s Variya has been suffering for a long time in their own way, resenting all the angry gestures of raising their shoulders, while Marek’s Anya does not pretend to be a miserable family situation, yet her It maintains a girly, fun and optimistic edge to its personality.
Another highlight is the Nick Richings lighting design. It looks like icy morning light filtered through a dusty lace curtain. And there are some beautiful button and border dresses designed by Lauren Elstein. These are fairy tale gorgeous and feminine.
However, if you increase the number of farce plays significantly, almost everything else becomes confusing. And this includes the main story. The grief of the patriarch Ranievskaya for the death of his son completely removes the emotional depth, and most importantly, the entire importance of the actual cherry orchard is completely lost somewhere in the line.
When the hatchet finally began to be placed in it at the moment of dying, you said, “Orchard? What orchard? Oh yeah, Cherry orchard!! ”
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