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May 20, 2005

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Dorothy

Glad you posted. Thanks for these thoughts. Interesting stuff.

Jason Grote

I'm a fan of both Shawn and Chekhov, but I think they're both right. The really brilliant thing about Chekhov, when he's done right, is taking these characters who by rights should be totally unsympathetic -- I mean, we're talking about the petit-bourgeoise in a feudal society, here, serfs are bascially a half-step up from slaves, not to mention that his characters tend to be narcissistic, depressive, and melodramatic people -- and making us weep for them.

I think productions of Chekhov that actually do this are rare, mind you. But I always thought I hated Chekhov until I saw my first one. I have since seen a few...

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