An ambitious festival
Ontario's Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Festival is opening with an international flourish, offering not only Shaw but also Chekhov and French Farceur Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. Herewith, an account of the first two:
THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov
This revival is marked by calculated risk that failed. All events in the play are shadowed by the auctioning off of Mme. Ranevsky's ancestral estate and its purchase by the businessman, Lopakhin. The old aristocracy is being toppled by the rising mercantile class.
The first and gravest risk is to...