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The Seagull (2018)



Critic Consensus: The latest iteration of The Seagull does little to distinguish itself from other Chekhov adaptations but provides a pleasing showcase for its sterling cast.

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One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam ("The Humans") from Anton Chekhov's classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening"), THE SEAGULL explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.

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Corey Stoll
as Boris Trigorin
Jon Tenney
as Doctor Dorn
Glenn Fleshler
as Shamrayev
Billy Howle
as Konstantin
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Critic Reviews for The Seagull

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (37)

Bening, who has developed into an acting bird of Streep-like plumage, enjoys herself enormously as Arkadina.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Whatever their flaws, all of these characters are looked on with affection and sympathy - in true Chekhov style. In the end, even Irina gets her reflective moment - a hint that she may be capable of feeling for someone other than herself, after all.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Annette Bening is wonderfully haughty as Irina, the celebrated actor, visiting the family estate.

September 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If the finale does flirt with tragedy...the aftertaste is refreshingly sardonic.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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As comedy, as tragedy, or as anything much in between, Chekhov's drama obstinately refuses to come to life.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

None of the actors is less than poised, and Mayer delivers cinematic snap, making everything look velveteen, moving events along at pace.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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The cast is good, but this is just further proof that Chekhov belongs on the stage. Also, there are some weird structural choices that undermine the play's natural tension.

Alec Barniskis
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