Chekhov’s “Seagull’ brings comedy, tragedy to BGSU stage

Posted Oct 16th, 2012 by Jen Sobolewski  Category: Arts & Entertainment


A sense of foreboding hangs over four Russian characters as they experience romantic and artistic conflict in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” opening Thursday (Oct. 18) at Bowling Green State University.

In a production by the BGSU Department of Theatre and Film and directed by faculty member Jonathan Chambers, the play follows the affairs and artistic lives of a group of family and friends spending the summer on the estate of the aging Sorin, and the culmination of events four years later. The characters include Sorin’s sister, the aging actress Arkadina, who has brought her lover, the author Trigorin, and her son Treplyev, an aspiring playwright. All have regret for unfulfilled desires and ambitions, which leads to tragic consequences for some.

Chekhov described his play as “a comedy (with) three women’s roles, six men, four acts, a landscape (a view of a lake), many conversations about literature, little action, and a ton of love.” It is an absorbing, humorous, tragic, and compelling evocation of life.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-27, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 27 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets purchased online are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $1.75 for BGSU students. Purchased in person or by phone (419-372-8171), tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.

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