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Pictured: seagull. Not pictured: Overwhelming Russian despair

Last night, the new Lenfest Center for the Arts premiered the opening performance of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” directed by Andrei Serban. It was the first performance in the Lenfest Center’s Flexible Performance Space, and the first in this year’s season of Acting Thesis productions. Running in repertory (that is, in alternation) with “The Seagull” is Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest,” directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, School of the Arts ’09. New Bwogger Levi Cohen attended the play and reviews it below. 

“The Seagull” is presented in four acts, with an intermission between the second and third; altogether, you’re looking at committing three hours to this classic Russian drama. Director Andrei Serban says in his program notes that the goal was to “take this so-called realistic play in a totally new direction.” Truer words have rarely been spoken: this production is wildly, often appealingly, performed at an emotional fever pitch.


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