The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, trans. Paul Schmidt

Evidence Room 

“Anton Chekhov outspokenly intended his final play, The Cherry Orchard, a portrait of impecunious Russian aristocrats overwhelmed by social change and their own passivity, as a broad comedy. That assertion has challenged generations of subsequent interpreters, many of whom have found Chekhov’s intended comic rhythms frustratingly elusive.

But anyone who has ever doubted the essential hilarity of the piece will become a believer after seeing director Bart DeLorenzo’s alternately side-splitting and heartbreaking production at the Evidence Room. An uproarious elegy, DeLorenzo’s staging is a slice of life served with a side of farce, a messily propulsive blend of the traditional and the revisionist that charms us by its very audacity.” – F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Evidence Room, May 2006