The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, may 24, 1954

The Sea Gull (by Anton Chekhov) is a landmark in the modern theater: in this first of his major plays, Chekhov began to master his highly individual method and spoke in his endlessly imitated, ever inimitable tones. Even in the Phoenix Theater's disappointing revival, The Sea Gull could still be seen as a theatrical turning point— though, after 50-odd years, what it turned away from was as palpable as what it turned toward.

For The Sea Gull is not yet fully Chekhovian, not of the quality of Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry...

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