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.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.