ensemble theatre · coeurage theatre company · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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ISABELLA PETRINI certified reviewer June 09, 2017
This is an awesome production with strong performances by all! I loved the modern take on Chekhov's "Ivanov" and found the contemporary parallels gripping. Very funny and the culture clash present in the plot is fascinating on a number of levels. Even though this show is a bit off the beaten path of Fringe venues on Theatre Row, you do not want to miss this one! More extensive reflection on the show will soon be posted on full review
GARY BOOHER certified reviewer June 23, 2017
Absolutely superb! A new contemporary classic that is theater at its best with superb writing amplified by superb direction, staging, and acting. This Chekhov-inspired new play is accessible contemporary storytelling that is often very funny and other times tragic and touching. Another excellent must-see production by the always adventurous and outstanding Coeurage Theatre Company.... full review
MORNA MURPHY MARTELL not born yesterday certified reviewer June 25, 2017
tagged as: theatrespokenhere
Supposedly inspired by Anton Chekhov's tragedy "Ivanov" this updated version is more Tennessee Williams than Chekhov. The actors were fine within this new context but the culture and prejudices of Czarist Russia do not translate to sunny California of today. The theme of "Nicky" suggests a man in torment over his finances and his sexuality and that is a totally new play. ... full review
MARK HEIN theatre ghost, and better lemons certified reviewer June 17, 2017
tagged as: Intelligent · witty · distressing · LONG.
A clever adaptation of an early Chekhov play from rural Czarist Russia to Palm Springs. Well-staged and well-acted, with Coeurage Company's usual professionalism,. But "Nicky" is dogged by the "Chekhov challenge" -- how to connect us to people who are disconnected from themselves? Playwright Boni Alvarez comes close to solving it with easily recognizable younger characters, and revealing monologs for the older ones -- but until we can feel more of what animates (or deadens) Nicky and Matthew and the other adults, two hours is an awfully long time to spend in their company. ... full review