Out With the Old, in With the New: A Different Take on Chekhov

Ira Avneri’s intriguing version of classic 'The Seagull’ is proof that new forms can cause familiar masterpieces to fly high.

There are two ways in which plays can be staged, especially from the point of view of the director. One sees the theater as a performing art in which the director and actors (and technical crew) breathe life into a text, which is the roadmap, on a particular evening. The other is to view the play as a creation of the director-artist, in which the text is created as part of the process, or...