Chekhov's Shorts Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 14 2010

Like poetry, comedy doesn't translate easily from one language (and culture) to another. That may be one reason why the folks who put together this evening of ten early comic pieces by Anton Chekhov earn so few laughs in roughly three hours of stage time. Some of the pieces--in particular the two most often performed one acts, The Bear and The Proposal, both about battles between an obstinate man and woman--involve obvious comic twists. But others are just flat out badly executed by actors who think comedy comes from screaming, running around, and telegraphing punch lines. The evening does include one sublime piece: The Wedding, a wry, understated work (nicely directed by James Palmer and filled with fine performances) that prefigures Chekhov's better-known masterpieces. --Jack Helbig

Price: $7-$15 (Chekhov birthday performance 2/25 $25)

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