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On HAPPY END, KNIFE + HEART, THE SEAGULL and TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN




Was there ever a moment in history when families weren’t dysfunctional? I’m quite sure the word was not in general circulation when noted Russian playwright Anton Chekhov was alive (though I’ve not gone to the trouble of fact-checking that, sorry). But the concept itself, I fear, was already there, since it is very much universal and timeless. Noted stage director Michael Mayer seems to go out of his way to point out how the family at the heart of Chekhov’s 1895 classic play The Seagull are as dysfunctional as you can get: a series of tugs-of-war between personality and facade, projection and reality, depth of feeling and shallowness of status, performance and being. 

At its core are the fleeting charms of celebrated actress Irina and the heightened teenage dramas of her rebellious son Konstantin, a struggling writer in search of a new and radical language. Fated to disappoint each other, constantly at each other’s throat…

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