The Notebook of Trigorin
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At the heart of Chekhovís The Seagull are the timeless dramatic triangles of love, hate and jealousy - of son, mother and lover. Williams takes this great play of human emotion, of the impossibility of people ever understanding each other, and makes it truly accessible for a modern audience. Buried conflicts are brought to the surface in a vigorous theatrical story, injected with visual magic and deliberate comedy. Here Trigorinís story comes to the fore: and in Mme Arkadina we have a classic Williamsí damaged older woman - below the comedy we feel her desperation as she must finally face her part in her sonís tragedy. Anton Chekhov changed the face of European theatre. Half a century later, Tennessee Williams did the same for theatre in America. This combination of two such immense talents is unmissable.
7 April 2010
The Notebook of Trigorin is a big surprise. Tennessee Williams made no secret of his love for the work of Anton Chekhov, yet this reworking of The Seagull from the end of Williams's life remains barely known and rarely performed in this country. Back again at his old stamping ground near Earls Court, director Phil Willmott is giving the 30-year-old play its London première.
Chekhov’s tale of two generations of creative artists – the aspiring youngsters (Constantine and Nina) thwarted by an older generation of complacent achievers (Arkadina and Trigorin) – struck such a chord with the young Williams that he developed a lifelong obsession with the play and its characters. He seems to have identified with several of them in turn, and here he recalibrates them as mirrors to his own soul.
It is Trigorin, in this version a self-doubting bisexual, who dominates (as the title would suggest...
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karisinwonderland - 20 April 2010:
Loved it. Anyone who is a fan of Tennessee Williams or indeed chekov should make sure that they catch this rarely seen gem. Well done Finborough!...