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May 25 2008

A Seagull in the Hamptons. Variety reviews the modernization of Chekhov's The Seagull. Morena Baccarin takes on the role of the actress Nina in the play.

More reviews for the production from the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Thanks for the links. Nice notices for Morena.
This is my first post, so I hope I'm doing it right! I went to see this a couple of weeks ago. The acting was very good all around and I would have liked to see all those performers in the original Seagull. I didn't think the play translated very well to the modern day, and after watching it my friends and I were left wondering why anybody would want to put on a mediocre rewrite of Chekhov (although it looks like the reviewers thought it was better than I did). But was fun to watch in any case, and Morena's performance was lovely and quite heartbreaking. She looked perfect for the part, but I felt a bit badly for her in an early scene when she had to walk through the audience and onto the stage wearing just a tiny wet nightie. I think maybe they got a little carried away with the hotness of their actress.
I'll be in my bunk.
She looked perfect for the part, but I felt a bit badly for her in an early scene when she had to walk through the audience and onto the stage wearing just a tiny wet nightie

Off to buy tickets...
What they said. (Although I'm sure Morena is terrific.) Welcome, catherine.
Ack, Morena shouldn't be hidden away in musty theaters where I can't see her! But on the silver screen :)
Thanks for the link, misnomer; we've been thinking about giving this a go next weekend. McCarter is around the corner from us, and is no "musty theater," I promise! I've resolved to stop blowing off shows there that look interesting after a particularly painful blunder.

(Years ago, I read a positive review of a McCarter play whose ticket sales were low. The reviewer fussed over the extraordinary and intense performance by the show's lead actor. The accompanying photo of the performer intrigued me and I kept thinking... I gotta go see this guy. Never did. Then then that actor showed up on a new White House drama as Josh Lyman... who quickly became my TV-husband. Lesson learned.)

Welcome, Catherine!
I second both the "McCarter is not musty" and the "I want to see Morena in movies" sentiments . It's a really nice theater and the staging of this production was well done. We were sitting right at the front and they've built a kind of faux-dock around the beach. I was resting my feet against it at one point (bad me) and got scolded in the intermission--a woman came and told me "it's not like your dock at home." My dock at home???? Kind of a wealthy crowd in Princeton.

Thank you for the welcomes! You should definitely go see it, barest_smidgen. Brian Murray is another highlight, besides the lovely Morena.

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