Review On reviewed by David MacDowell Blue


David MacDowell Blue

David MacDowell Blue

Writer, Registered Critic


The Loft Ensemble's production of The Cherry Orchard successfully renders the very character-based humor of Chekhov , which so often gets interpreted as drama.  In fact they play more like dark sitcoms , a blend of soap opera with shows such as Cheers! than angst-driven tragedies a la Eugene O'Neil. Yeah all these people are pretty much losers , fools trying to get by who--for the most part--refuse to correct their own circumstances by making uncomfortable choices.  Lifeboats await them , the waters rise , but they keep hoping someone else will save the ship.  That way they won't have to change their clothes and choose which of their favorite toys and books they'll have to leave behind.  So , they ultimately drown , looking on with bewilderment as others abandon them in order to survive--said others often yelling over and over "Come with us!  Save yourselves!"