Theatre: Old Play and New

The Sea Gull (by Anton Chekhov; produced by The Theatre Guild Inc.). One of the things important actors can do is to get a hearing for important plays. When Chekhov's Sea Gull was revived last week with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in the cast, it instantly became news as well as art.

Not Chekhov's best play, The Sea Gull ranks well below his incomparable Cherry Orchard, his moving Three Sisters. The people it treats of are fibreless, end-stopped artistic folk. Self-pitying, middle-aged Actress Irina (Lynn Fontanne) shrugs, screams, clutches tight the second-rate novelist,...

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