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September 14, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Aaron Posner helped found the Arden Theatre Company here in 1988. He did so with Terrence J. Nolen (now producing artistic director) and Amy L. Murphy (managing director). Then, sensing it was time, he stepped away in 1998 to pursue a writing career. With Thursday's opening of Stupid F#*@king Bird - director Posner's sad and hilarious "sort of" adaptation of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov - he shows that his dramatic instincts are still much the same as when he and Nolen met at Northwestern University.
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February 19, 1993 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
Founder David Bassuk of Novel Stages has once again taken up the directorial cudgels, this time for his company's production of "The Cherry Orchard," which opened the other night at Stage III of Temple University Center City. Bassuk's primary mission seems to have been to lighten up the Anton Chekhov classic in accordance with Chekhov's own wishes that his play not be treated as a social tragedy about the downfall of an impoverished gentry, but as a comedy. It is obvious from the performance that the director has worked diligently at his task.
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December 15, 2003 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Before he wrote his major plays, Anton Chekhov wrote short, humorous sketches referred to as his vaudevilles. Triangle Theater has taken a special interest in those brief pieces, presenting several at the Fringe Festival in the fall. Now Triangle offers Chekhov-Mania, a series of two programs that repeats a couple of the earlier productions and adds a few new ones. Scheduling overlaps allowed us to review only one of the programs. Yet, judging from the content and presentations of the three short plays (The Jubilee, The Proposal, and The Tragedian in Spite of Himself)
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May 13, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Emily Mann's take on The Seagull, arguably the greatest of Anton Chekhov's major plays, Mother Russia is not even on the radar. A Seagull in the Hamptons is all modern and all-American, set on the ritzy beach where high-end New Yorkers play. There the play's literary elite fret about health care and pooh-pooh Meryl Streep, to curry favor with the vaunted actress who owns the beach estate where her son and brother gather with their friends and lovers. A Seagull in the Hamptons at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, where Mann is artistic director and resident playwright, completes her cycle of adaptations of Chekhov's major works.
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July 26, 1991 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
The new show at Hedgerow Theatre finds Jasper Deeter's legacy playing Neil Simon. Now this Neil Simon is a particularly pertinent vehicle for the spirited ensemble in Moylan, Delaware County, "The Good Doctor," which bowed in 1973 and got out of town fast, is Simon's rewrite of 10 short pieces by Anton Chekhov, certainly no stranger to the boards during Hedgerow's distinguished 68 years of dramaturgy. Let me say at the outset that the Hedgerow production directed by the company's estimable new artistic bellwether, Penelope Reed, is a bellyful of rousing entertainment, and I even include a couple of pure vaudeville sketches that at this point in the six-week run impress me as acutely slappy.
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August 17, 1991 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
Because The Good Doctor is an adapation to the stage of short stories by Anton Chekhov, the title can be assumed to refer both to Chekhov's ability as a writer and his alternate profession of physician. But there may be something more to the title than this obvious connection. Neil Simon, who wrote the play, has had the nickname "Doc" since he was a child. He is also known as a play "doctor," adept at improving scripts by other writers. Could The Good Doctor, the current production at Hedgerow Theater, be a sly reference by Simon to himself and his treatment of Chekhov?
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March 24, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
BLOCKBUSTER musicals, a world premiere or two, the arrival of the Tony Awards' 2013 best play - yeah, we've got those. The Kimmel Center's Broadway series, source of crowd-pleasing "bus-and-truck" musicals, brings in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Wizard of Oz. " Local productions of note range from the Wilma's "Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq," a new play by Pulitzer Prizer Paula Vogel, to InterAct Theatre Company's "Down Past Passyunk," based...
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November 20, 2015 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
SAOIRSE RONAN was looking for a specific kind of role. She wanted something that would continue her transition from child actress to adult - "it's a transition everyone has to make when you start out young," she said - and she wanted to play an Irish person. After years, speaking in all types of accents, Ronan wanted to hear her own voice. And that's what led this lass born in the Bronx but raised in Ireland, to "Brooklyn. " Speaking in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ronan said the role of Eilis (pronounced Ailish )
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January 25, 1995 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The Cherry Orchard was Anton Chekhov's last play, a dying man's valedictory to a world that could break your heart if it weren't so funny - or was it the other way around? It also was his most comic play, an affectionate creation in which his familiar aristocrats, intellectuals and bourgeois become characters in a kind of cosmic music hall. An eccentric governess performs card tricks. A highborn old gent plays an imaginary game of billiards and speaks an apostrophe to a piece of furniture.
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December 19, 1986 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
Ian McKellen in "Wild Honey," a comedy by Michael Frayn from a play by Anton Chekhov. Entire production conceived and directed by Christopher Morahan, sets by John Gunter, costumes by Deirdre Clancy, lighting by Martin Aronstein, incidental music by Dominic Muldowney. Presented at the Virginia Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., New York City. Anton Chekhov as farceur? You gotta believe it if you are going to buy this play, and I will be so bold as to say right off that it may be the best buy on Broadway this season.
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September 14, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Aaron Posner helped found the Arden Theatre Company here in 1988. He did so with Terrence J. Nolen (now producing artistic director) and Amy L. Murphy (managing director). Then, sensing it was time, he stepped away in 1998 to pursue a writing career. With Thursday's opening of Stupid F#*@king Bird - director Posner's sad and hilarious "sort of" adaptation of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov - he shows that his dramatic instincts are still much the same as when he and Nolen met at Northwestern University.
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August 24, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
What happened to the American dream of community, family, and financial success? Bernie Sanders provided his supporters one answer; Donald Trump countered with another. Lisa D'Amour's 2010 play Detroit offers a third. In Theater with a View's smoldering production, D'Amour's vision blends the ferociousness of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with the existential angst of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot . The setting shows what's at stake: The large house of Sycamore Hill, an estate in Pottstown, suitable enough for the first-ring suburb specified by D'Amour's script, and the source of so much consternation during the recent recession.
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November 20, 2015 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
SAOIRSE RONAN was looking for a specific kind of role. She wanted something that would continue her transition from child actress to adult - "it's a transition everyone has to make when you start out young," she said - and she wanted to play an Irish person. After years, speaking in all types of accents, Ronan wanted to hear her own voice. And that's what led this lass born in the Bronx but raised in Ireland, to "Brooklyn. " Speaking in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ronan said the role of Eilis (pronounced Ailish )
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February 5, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
SO, A COUPLE of Academy Award nominees are teaming up to do Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard. " Big deal, right? You can't swing a rolled-up Playbill in New York's theater district without hitting some big-time movie or TV star taking a huge pay cut to hit the boards. (Paging Bradley "Elephant Man" Cooper!) But when David Strathairn (nominated for "Good Night, and Good Luck") and Mary McDonnell ("Dances With Wolves," "Passion Fish") hit the stage Feb. 11, they will be, according to Mapquest, exactly 114.72 miles southwest of Times Square, at People's Light & Theatre Company, in Malvern.
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March 24, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
BLOCKBUSTER musicals, a world premiere or two, the arrival of the Tony Awards' 2013 best play - yeah, we've got those. The Kimmel Center's Broadway series, source of crowd-pleasing "bus-and-truck" musicals, brings in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Wizard of Oz. " Local productions of note range from the Wilma's "Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq," a new play by Pulitzer Prizer Paula Vogel, to InterAct Theatre Company's "Down Past Passyunk," based...
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March 24, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia, meet Anton Chekhov. In 2005, Walt Whitman came to town, with the 150th anniversary of the debut of the Camden bard's Leaves of Grass . Last year, Jane Austen stomped in, partying like it was 2013 for the bicentennial of Pride and Prejudice . Shakespeare visits, it seems, every year (including this one, the 450th anniversary of his birth). Well, make way for Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), physician, master of the short story, and one of history's great playwrights.
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August 30, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
  FERGIE   FINALLY HAD HER BABY. And after all that time to think, she named him Axl. A rep for the singer says Fergie gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel yesterday. He's the first child for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and her hubby, Josh Duhamel . The couple wed in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month. Before the birth, TMZ.com reported that Fergie was preparing for a C-section.
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October 27, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amos Oz is one of the best-known people in all Israel, one of the world's best-known writers, and author of the newly published Scenes From Village Life. He's also often mentioned in connection with the Nobel Prize. Problem: With all that freight on the name Amos Oz , people expect everything you write to be about Israel. Oz - who will give a free reading at the Free Library at 12:15 p.m. Friday - isn't thrilled, but he understands. "Any literature from a troubled part of the world is bound to be read as an allegory about life in that part of the world," he says, speaking by phone from New York.
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October 29, 2010 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Russia's iconic playwright Anton Chekhov were alive today, he might have created the exact same script for Uncle Vanya that he wrote in 1896 - or so it seems at the striking Lantern Theater production that opened in Center City on Wednesday night. That's because Kathryn MacMillan's production, whose cast brings off Uncle Vanya with a straightforward approach that could be labeled The Feel of Real, makes the classic fresh, as if it were newly plucked from some bush that blossoms with plays.
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May 13, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Emily Mann's take on The Seagull, arguably the greatest of Anton Chekhov's major plays, Mother Russia is not even on the radar. A Seagull in the Hamptons is all modern and all-American, set on the ritzy beach where high-end New Yorkers play. There the play's literary elite fret about health care and pooh-pooh Meryl Streep, to curry favor with the vaunted actress who owns the beach estate where her son and brother gather with their friends and lovers. A Seagull in the Hamptons at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, where Mann is artistic director and resident playwright, completes her cycle of adaptations of Chekhov's major works.
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