****1/2 (...out of five stars)
McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ
Director/writer Emily Mann has gifted us with an intense, extremely funny, heartbreaking "freely adapted" modern take on Chekhov's The Seagull. Maintaining the classic structure and the complex relationships in Chekhov's masterwork, Mann imbues this piece with wholly accessible post-millennium American language, and colorful recognizable characters (there's actually a goth chick in this). With a gourmet cast (standouts including Brian Murray, Larry Pine and Stark Sands), gorgeous scenic design, and of course the brilliant Emily Mann, we have ourselves something that is as good as or better than anything that is currently on Broadway. This is the second time I have taken the 70-80 minute train ride down to the McCarter in Princeton. You guys, it's totally worth the trip. Especially for this thrilling adaptation.