March 06, 2006

The Cherry Orchard

Last night we saw a production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. It starred Annette Bening and Alfred Molina. Annette Bening I'm going to assume you know. You know Alfred Molina too, although maybe not immediately. Among other things, he played Doc Ock (the bad guy) in Spiderman II. You may remember that Spiderman II was, as my friend Cassie put it, "sucktacular" but Molina did the best with what he had and as it turns out, he's an excellent actor after all.

Anyway, The Cherry Orchard was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. I loved it! It was well-acted throughout and the sets were original and sparse, totally befitting the subject matter. My mom, on the other hand, wasn't as crazy about it as I am. She thought it was really depressing. Which of course it was! It's Anton Chekhov! He's a dead Russian playwright! Writing about Russia at the late 19th century! This was not a happy time! Hee hee.

So yes, it was quite depressing, but so well done. I love Chekhov. I appreciate Chekhov. This was a fabulous performance.

Posted by Shelby at March 6, 2006 11:34 AM

Ooh, sounds so cool! I love Alfred Molina (not so much for Doc Ock, but more for his amazing portrayal of Diego Rivera). So glad you guys had a good time!

Posted by: Annastazia at March 8, 2006 07:28 PM
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