Review On The Chekhov Comedies


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Dean Productions brings Chekhov to Brand Park, but it's not a Chekhov that most people would recognize. One glance tells us that we must be indulgent, for the production is put together with a few random chairs and a table, cast-off looking costumes, no backdrop, platform or any other sign of set-building. The four determined young performers, Cassie Clark, Lilja Rose Michaud, Sierra Parsons and Madison Young, assembled by director Rebecca Lynne, have been asked to play a number of parts in each of five plays. Unfortunately, their understanding of Chekhov's subversive humor breaks down from the effort. We should note the contributions of lighting designer, Joshua Winkler; Jeremy Leung's sound; and stage managers Edward Fernandez and Hannah Trujillo for wrangling the whole thing.