By Anton Chekhov. Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre. May 29 – June 27, 2021
Finding new life in the classics, our directors often throw the switch to vaudeville; as though we Australians can’t abide too much psychological depth or anguish.
Chekhov argued this his last play was a comedy; his first director, Stanislavski, thought it a tragedy. Admittedly Chekhov was close to death – and it is hard to pick the laughs! They’re in the ironies and sad humour of this household of fallible Russian characters, individuals full of yearning and anxieties about what to do next.