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  The Seagull at Deaf West Theatre

The Seagull

Deaf West Theatre
5112 Lankershim Blvd. Los Angeles

Antaeus, L.A.'s classical theater ensemble, presents a fully double-cast production of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomedy about life, love and the reckless pursuit of happiness. Set on a country estate by a lake in 19th century Russia, this idyllic locale belies the turbulent passions of its inhabitants. The famous actress, Irina Arkádina, returns home with her lover to find a household overflowing with creativity, fantasies of fame, jealousy and unrequited love.

Presented by The Antaeus Company

Thru - Apr 15, 2012



Price: $15-$34

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 818-762-2773

www.deafwest.org



  The Seagull Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...But it’s the fresh take on characters — Joanna Strapp’s pungent Másha, coarsened by her unrequited love for Tréplev, is particularly revitalizing — that makes this production as absorbing as it is. Humanity is the puzzle that is never solved, and the longer I spent with these incarnations of Tréplev, Trigórin and Nína, the more fascinated I became by their mystery."
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Charles McNulty


LA Weekly - Recommended

"...In this double-cast Antaeus Company production, shrewd director Andrew J. Traister strikes Chekhovian gold with one cast and makes less layered choices with the other."
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Amy Lyons


Backstage - Recommended

"...Antaeus Company’s account of “The Seagull” (written in 1895), in a translation by Paul Schmidt, is incisively interpreted by director Andrew J. Traister and an accomplished ensemble in a stylish production brimming with intelligence and resonance."
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Les Spindle


LAist - Not Recommended

"...Anton Chekhov famously contended that his plays were meant to be comedies, albeit perhaps with a tinge of melancholy in their makeup. Regardless of this authorial intent, productions of his work over the last century have tended toward the languorous and dour. The Antaeus Company, one of the finest and most knowledgeable theatre troupes in town, has unfortunately taken this path with their new presentation of The Seagull. Antaeus always double-casts its shows, so my review is of the “Samovars” cast only."
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Terry Morgan


Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...While Paul Schmidt’s translation is funnier and less stodgy than previous adaptations, director Andrew J. Traister’s leadership is so bereft of vision and risk-taking that the entire evening just sits there like the titular bird, recently stuffed by a taxidermist."
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Gary Harding


Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...I’ll admit it. When I hear the name Chekhov, the first words that pop into my head are dull, somber, and talky. That’s why it’s such a pleasure to report that the Antaeus Company’s revival of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull not only held my attention virtually throughout, it actually had me laughing more times than I could count."
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Steven Stanley


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...Whatever night you choose to see this fine production will leave you wanting more as the casts are now in a “mix-n-match” mode. Seeing the show two nights in a row, with 99% different casts, assured this viewer that this is a capital way to see Chekhov."
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Dale Reynolds


Examiner - Recommended

"...Under Andrew Traister’s subtle direction, however, this play in which nothing much seems to happen is endlessly fascinating. Packed with emotional undercurrents and ravishing conversation, The Seagull is as relevant now as it was in 1895, when it was written."
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Cynthia Citron


Buzzine - Recommended

"...Overall, this is a show well worth your time."
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Sam Kellett


CurtainUp - Recommended

"...This marvelous 2nd-opening line for Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is one of the theater’s best and sets the tone for the production now done superbly by the Antaeus Company."
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Laura Hitchcock


BlogCritics.org - Recommended

"...Antaeus, the remarkable classical theatre company located in North Hollywood, has done it again. The company has been able to produce a first- rate production of the play using their trademark double casting."
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Robert Machray


LA Stage Times - Recommended

"...But the translation by Paul Schmidt is thoroughly clear and sharp for contemporary audiences without sounding trendy, and the staging by Andrew J. Traister hits most of the comedy and the melancholy simultaneously – which is ideal for Chekhov."
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Don Shirley


Frontiers - Recommended

"...Chekhov’s masterpieces are notoriously difficult to pull off, and this latest gem from Antaeus is cause for celebration."
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Christopher Cappiello


North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch - Recommended

"...But it is the humanity and quiet poignancy with which Antaeus underscores and searches for the truth that sets it apart from other forays into the classics."
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Radomir Luza


Culture Spot LA - Recommended

"...My recommendation is to go see this for the actors, for a fine bunch they are."
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David Maurer


Grigware Blogspot - Recommended

"...Known for mounting classic theatre with a professionalism like no other in Los Angeles, the Antaeus Company once again proves its integrity and much appreciated artistry in their newest production of The Seagull currently on stage in NoHo through April 15."
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Don Grigware


Huffington Post - Recommended

"...In a memorable production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, presented by the Antaeus Company, a marvelous ensemble of classical actors based in LA, director Andrew J. Traister captures the brilliance and realism of Chekhov’s rendition of the plight of humanity."
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Hoyt Hilsman


Working Authur - Recommended

"...If you’ve never experienced Chekhov on stage, you could find no better introduction to one of the theater’s greatest voices than this production, for Traister and Schmidt have not placed on stage a museum piece, but a great drama full of immediacy and relevancy for any audience."
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Ernest Kearney


Opera Theater Ink - Somewhat Recommended

"...It wasn’t until Bo Foxworth uttered his first lines that I figured out what was lacking. The actors were laboriously acting. The result was loud, sometimes high-pitched voices, and forced, often overdone characterizations. The consequence was that the play didn’t have the grace, elegance and style which Chekhov so nobly deserves."
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Carol Jean Delmar



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