Company: This Reality Theatre Company, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 21 - Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre
This dramatization of six of the Russian’s short stories bursts with vitality and is the perfect show
Anton Chekhov is rarely described as "playful", but the skill and vivacity of This Reality Theatre Company make his works exactly that.
This dramatization of six of the Russian's short stories bursts with vitality and is the perfect show, both for audiences who know Chekhov and for those who have not yet had the pleasure.
The show features an exceptionally strong cast and director Lia Zarrillo manages to find a place for each of them to shine. Clever staging with a unique blend of audio and film keep this one-hour production moving quickly.
In "Anyuta" the actors toss their roles between one another while telling the tale of a miserable spinster who is scrimmaged about in the same way. "Savages" draws the audience into an absurd pantomime, while "At the Barber's" uses a device inspired by the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" to heartbreaking effect. The show's final piece "The Siren" is nothing short of a hilarious celebration of life, love, and doorknobs.Quickies With Chekhov
features a talented and passionate group of emerging theatre artists in a production that is engaging, occasionally surprising, and completely satisfying. In short, it's precisely what the Fringe is all about.