In his brief life, Anton Chekhov churned out a handful of theatrical masterworks, dozens of short stories, and thousands of letters. So it’s high time someone wrote back. In Donka: A Letter to Chekhov, director Daniele Finzi Pasca (whose ample résumé includes several Cirque du Soleil shows) uses “cinematic vignettes” and circus technique to present audiences with a multifaceted vision of Chekhov. This production (staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which has made a commitment to works of nouveau cirque) re-creates Chekhov’s life by drawing on his diaries and making much use of acrobats, aerialists, rose petals, petticoats, and magic—theatrical and literary. Think you know The Three Sisters? Well, you probably haven’t seen them trying to get to Moscow via trapeze.
Nov. 14-18, 8 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 7, 2012