Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Alexandru Mihail
“Any idiot can face a crisis—it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
Nina wants to be an actress. Aspiring playwright Konstantin wants to revolutionize theatre. As they put on their first play by a Russian lake, the audience is unreceptive, to say the least: Konstantin’s mother, the famous actress Arkadina, laughs. Her lover, a celebrated writer, falls asleep. Indeed, in Chekhov’s profound comedy, years of petty squabbles and thwarted love affairs breed miserable hilarity in the countryside: lovers and artists alike struggle with memory, forgetting, and moving on.