His theatrical experiment caused not only the failure of its premiere--in the eyes of the playwright--but that of reviewers to understand Chekhovian
A feeling of Chekhovian
hopelessness mounting to wicked human comedy presides in her finely drawn portraits.
West criticized Du Bois only because Du Bois deserved it, not to make himself number one: "My Chekhovian
Christian voice simply cuts deeper and thereby is more truthful than Du Bois's Goethean Enlightenment view that undergirded his marvelous scholarship.
It is the deftest allusion, heightened by the Chekhovian
sound effects immediately following and made ironic when Act Two of Voyage opens with Liubov and her family indeed in Moscow, but only thanks to one of Stoppard's trademark time reversals.
He says in a programme note that he sees the piece as more or less Chekhovian
, but perhaps it's more overtly political than that.
By Salvage's end, he has come perilously close to being an old windbag--not what Stoppard had in mind, I am sure--and his dominant mood is Chekhovian
melancholy rather than the gaity so many of his friends recalled.
Henley melds Chekhovian
and Wildean tones, moods, and styles in Impossible Marriage, which also alludes to Dylan Thomas's "Lament," A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Paradise Lost.
There were three such roles in Walton's The Bear, although Lauren Segal as the young widow, Popova, Jon-Paul Decosse as her rough-hewn, amorous neighbor, Smirnov, and Andrew Stewart as her servant, Luka, seemed to find it just as difficult to draw much humor from this slight Chekhovian
tale (under Ashlie Corcoran's minimal direction) as the orchestra did in finding much wit in Walton's otherwise well-crafted score, under Stephen Philcox's similarly unassertive musical direction.
She has a real tragedy to relate, and she does it in Chekhovian
At a deeper level, finally--drawing on diaries, private correspondence, and contemporary reminiscences and arranging her exposition in diachronic sections ("Scenes from Family Life," "The Victorian," "Pre-Raphaelite," "Artist," "Man of Letters," "Marriage," "Radicals," "The Patient," and "Coda")--Thirlwell has provided readers with an almost Chekhovian
account of the passionate bonds which united "William and Lucy," as well as the mingled idealism and insecurity of Lucy Rossetti's temperament in her last valetudinarian decade.
This impressive volume has been prepared by a leading expert not only in matters Chekhovian
but in the Russian theatre of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
It would seem that the director wants to link his characters to Chekhovian
(anti)heroes, who suffer the cruelty of life without taking any visible action to stop it.