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Anton Chekhov's The Duel
This is an even-handed portrait of discontented lovers: A love that starts out in a fever winds up with lots of pistol-waving.
"...“If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry,” Chekhov once wrote. Laevsky (Scott) isn’t married, but his situation..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Improvising Chekhov With Nothing and Everything
To improvise Chekhov plays, the cast of Nothing and Everything learned just how much goes on in them
"...That's the rap on Anton Chekhov's plays, you know. Those dramas of late 19th century..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Arts Feature by Alexa Harrington

The Seagull
Chekhov's tale of Muscovite misery takes unsteady flight.
"...At one point in Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, fatalistically romantic ingénue Nina gives artistically struggling..."

June 1, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Good Eye: Of Russians and Ruffles
From Chekhov to Gunne Sax
"...a college student studying Russian, I always underestimated Anton Chekhov. Why take Chekhov's gentle ironies when you can get..."

Dec. 19, 2014 Column by Amy Gentry

Thr3e Zisters
InThr3e Zisters, Salvage Vanguard disinters Chekhov's famous siblings in a beautiful, fascinating, cutting way
"...resurrection of the three sisters from Russian writer Anton Chekhov's play of the same name. Urnov is aided by..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

El Nogalar
Teatro Vivo's El Nogalar provides a context for examining social class in contemporary Mexico
"...Teatro Vivo was producing a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's seminal (and final) play, The Cherry Orchard, penned by..."

June 19, 2015 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull
This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's beloved classic takes wing well enough but doesn't quite soar
"...old conventions and "fix" everything. It's almost as though Chekhov purposely placed The Seagull between the two, pointing straight..."

Feb. 23, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Vanya On 42nd Street
"...Gregory's stage play Vanya which was based on Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya as adapted by David Mamet. Okay, got..."

Feb. 10, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters
This zombified take on Chekhov gets reanimated right when we need women who will bite back at the patriarchy
"...misogynist-in-chief. For in Lola B. Pierson's deconstruction of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, first staged by Salvage Vanguard Theater in..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

We Play Chekhov: Two Short Stories on Stage
Breaking String's two-course meal of Chekhov tales proves both meaty and effervescent
"...Chekhov is one of those classic dramatists any self-respecting theatre..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Smith

Review: The Cherry Bowl
Chekhov gets a pie in the face in this silent spoof
"...literary giants, Austin’s own Ben Schave sends up Anton Chekhov in Gnap! Theater Project’s The Cherry Bowl, now onstage..."

Nov. 21, 2013 Arts Post by Stacy Alexander Evans

Hot Nights: 'The Bear' and Whiskey Shivers
Barkeep, gimme a whiskey with a Chekhov chaser
"...The debut pairs Anton Chekhov's one-act "The Bear" with foot-stomping folkies Whiskey Shivers, who..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Three Days of Rain
A drama by debut filmmaker Michael Meredith is a Chekhov-inspired collection of semi-intertwined vignettes about a half-dozen or so depressed people living in Cleveland, and features an impressive cast.
" is based on the short stories of Anton Chekhov. I imagine the inspiration is loose, however, as whatever..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Academy Award-Nominated Shorts 2002
"...the barest of bones. “Speed” is an adaptation of Chekhov's one-room one-act “The Bear,” only director Kalman Apple ingeniously..."

July 12, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Love! Valour! Compassion!
"...Big Chill. The Boys in the Band. Anything by Chekhov. (I'll spare you the exclamation points.) These are some..."

June 13, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Love and Other Catastrophes
"...Allen (whose style has heavily influenced Croghan's) more than Chekhov. Still, it's hard not to be moved by the..."

April 25, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Bullets Over Broadway
"...Broadbent and Tracey Ullman. If Damon Runyon and Anton Chekhov had ever gotten together to make a movie, the..."

Nov. 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Top Chef Texas, Week 6: Who Shot JR?
In which the chefs reveal they're not very good at making steak.
"...Highland Park dinner, but also Heather hating on Bev (Chekhov's side eye?), and the male cheftestants (mostly Ed) bitching..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Food Post by Melanie Haupt

The Seagull
Breakin' String Theatre's take on Chekhov goes down like a shot of fine vodka
"...The first staging of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull was a famous flop: One of the..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Vaudeville Vanya
St. Idiot Collective's 'Vaudeville Vanya' ambitiously seeks to explode a great old play with a great old medium, but it ends up a sheen of vaudeville brushed over a hellbent staging of Uncle Vanya
"...and explode it with a great old medium. Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya was written in 1899 at the height..."

July 21, 2006 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Safety in Words
If there is drama in Laura Furman's stories, Robin Bradford writes, it is not usually the life and death kind. It is the daily, wearing, ineffable drama of living as a human island among others who invariably seem more attractive, more connected, or simply more "normal."
" a 1997 car accident.) "We were co-teaching a Chekhov course and assigned the students to write an homage..."

April 20, 2001 Books Feature by Robin Bradford

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
"...for the production is to throw out all of Chekhov's text. (The diva gets her booted, too.) Meanwhile, company..."

March 30, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

As written by Brian Friel and performed by Babs George and Don Toner, Afterplay is a waltz of the walking wounded danced with stately grace to a beautifully elegiac tune
"...if we're familiar with the dramatic works of Anton Chekhov. Both inhabit the Russian writer's plays, and Friel has..."

March 2, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Good Doctor: Chekhovian Longing
The State Theater Company production of The Good Doctor
"...The Good Doctor: Chekhovian Longing..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Theatre en Bloc's Neva
Asking what difference art makes in the face of revolution, Theatre en Bloc delivers an engrossing production
"...the masterpieces penned by her recently deceased husband Anton Chekhov. She breaks character and frets about what she fears..."

March 3, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Hotel Vanya, or A Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness
For a getaway steeped in Chekhovian longing and ennui, The Hotel Vanya is the only place to stay
"...ceaseless struggles and strains, and every room furnished with Chekhovian longing and ennui at no extra charge. Just ask..."

June 3, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Art Par Excellence
The nominees for the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...A Masked Ball; Salvage Vanguard Theater's undead riff on Chekhov, Thr3e Zisters; and the Texas State University Department of..."

May 20, 2015 Arts Post

Uncle Vanya: Finding Humor in Wasted Lives
Skipper Chong Warson examines Different Stages' new take on Uncle Vanya.
"...The author -- Anton Chekhov -- insisted that this play, subtitled Scenes From a..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Arts Review by Skipper Chong Warson

Breaking Surface
Underwater survival thriller scales down the disaster movie but not the tension
"...moment is set up perfectly: not telegraphed, but pure Chekhov's gun (or rather, Chekhov's regulator valve). Everything makes simple,..."

Jan. 8, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Breaking String's Gusev is a remarkable, feverish journey through the human condition
"...true in Graham Schmidt's original adaption of the Anton Chekhov short story, which Schmidt also directs. Illness is rampant..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

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