The Nina Variations

ensemble theatre · will play for food theatre group · Ages 13+ · United States

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June 24, 2012 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I’m a Fringehead…no, that’s not it.
The sparkling cast and crisp direction are what really make this show shine. I wouldn’t say it just helps to know Chekhov’s Seagull—it’s essential to understanding and appreciating much of what Steven Dietz is trying to accomplish with his reconfiguration and exploration of the ill-fated Nina and Treplev. I must confess, the action in the scenes wasn’t always clear to me, and I know The Seagull quite well. But there are many bright and clever moments, and the actors really take the material and run with it. And Dietz’s playful approach to the source material is by turns charming, illuminating, and moving. I’m eager to see more from this young company of actors.

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