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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Actors Co-op Theatre
Thru - Mar 17, 2019

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Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended

"...Great art does not usually offer answers. Tolstoy's novel certainly does not, but rather asks profound questions and does not allow any easy answers. Such was my experience watching this adaptation, which left me deeply moved and haunted by these people, all of them, and I ponder their choices. Their tragedies. And their victories. For that the script and cast and director Heather Chesley deserve a lot of credit."
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David MacDowell Blue



Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended

"...Artistic ambition should always be encouraged. If artists never attempt greatness, if they never try working on a bigger canvas, we wouldn't have works like Angels in America or The Iceman Cometh - plays that demonstrate how amazing theatre can be. On the other hand, while ambitious attempts are always laudable, their results aren't always successful. Such is the case with the Actors Co-op production of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, in which an overly condensed adaptation and a couple of low-key performances keep the show from its great potential."
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Terry Morgan



Haines His Way- Recommended

"...The novel does seem to have two main characters, Anna and Levin, as it tracks their fates in Imperial Russian society. One trends upward to a happy ending while the other spirals downward into tragedy. In her 1992 stage adaptation, British playwright Helen Edmundson chose to give them equal time. Even though they only meet once in the novel, Edmundson has them together in sort of a way station/purgatory from the very start, witnessing and commenting on each other's actions and decisions. It is an interesting concept and director Heather Chesley skillfully guides her cast of eight through their roles in the intimate playing space of Actors Co-Op's Crossley Theatre."
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Rob Stevens



Discover Hollywood- Somewhat Recommended

"...Almost thirty years after this play was written, almost a century and a half after the novel came out, I want something more for Anna, and certainly more from Anna Karenina. As a character, she does much that is flat out unlikable, and intended to be so, but Anna's humanity should be, and was always intended to be, visible, even among her bad choices, and even at the time of the novel's publication. That was part of the reason why it was considered revolutionary! This is evident in the novel and possibly in the play, but not in place in this production. Given how strong everything else is, it's a pity."
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Stana Milanovich