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    The Cherry Orchard

    the title The Cherry Orchard, like The Seagull, names something that's gone by the time the curtain falls on the fourth act. in this sense, the play dares us — compels us even — to destroy it, to send Ranyevskaia mercilessly into the unknown while we turn her orchard into a pile of debris. in Jovial Crew's cover version of the play, the orchard is the unadulterated text of Chekhov's comedy and the conventions of realism that sustain it. we are the unscrupulous Lopakhin and the magical Charlotta too, and the future — and the axes — are on our side. our cherry orchard is The Cherry Orchard, and we must level it in order to develop it. as Trofimov says, wild beasts are necessary to convert one kind of matter into another, even if they have to devour everything in their path. with ten actors, two projectors, and one very noisy chainsaw, Jovial Crew stages the traumatic comedy of the future's hungry march forward.

    Dates:  Nov. 2, 2002 - Nov. 23, 2002
    Schedule:  Nov. 2 at 5, Nov. 3 at 8, Nov. 8 at 10, Nov. 9 at 8, Nov. 14 at 8, Nov. 16 at 2, Nov. 23 at 2
    Venue:  Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. between Ave. A and B
    Price:  $15, sen/std $12
    Official site:  http://www.checkovnow.org
    Tickets/info:  (212) 414-7773


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