Theatre-goers interested in unique interpretations of Chekhov have already missed Pigeon, Leah Ryan's comic punk interpretation of The Seagull, and Rina, adapted from The Three Sisters by Christopher Shorr, at the third annual Chekhov Now Festival. Through Nov. 18, however, Off-Broadway's Connelly Theatre is still home to such reimaginings as Canon in 3D Major II, mixing The Three Sisters and Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major," and a classical and trance musical Platonov, called Platonicov.
The (low life) Cherry Orchard, adapted and directed by Brian Rogers, moves Chekhov's drama about the petit-bourgeois to the world of 19th century bohemian artists, who struggle to preserve their way of life. The (low life) Cherry Orchard plays Nov. 1-18.
Halloween brought the New York premiere of Aunt Vanya. Directed by David Karl Lee, this Ant Farm production promised to tell the tale of an angry woman farmer with a gun in her hand, as well as provide "music and advice on how to run your own ant farm." Opening night includes a free Halloween party to follow. Aunt Vanya ran through Nov. 17.
Chekhov short stories also got the theatrical treatment with Peter Campbell's Anna (Nov. 8-14) based on "Anyuta," Liza Milinazzo and Dallas Brennan's The Black Monk (Nov. 2-10), Matt Bardin's High Maintenance, based on "A Joke," Teatr Nacionale Chekhovia's The Proposal and The Jubilee (Nov. 1-18) and Judythe Cohen's Remembrance, based on "Mari d'elle." Paul Schmidt recently translated Uncle Vanya for a new production directed by Cynthia Croot (Nov. 3-17).
Tickets to performances are $15. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street between Avenues A and B. For reservations, call (212) 414-7773. Chekhov NOW is on the web at http://www.chekhovnow.org. — By Christine Ehren