But probably the most succinct thing I could say about the performance of "The Seagull" that I saw was that, with only one exception, the ensemble seemed very much in sync. No one actor's performance really blew me away but, as I said in the review, the whole crew worked together exceptionally well to bring the rhythms and interactions of the play to life. There were many small, intimate moments in the play where the actors clearly supported each other, worked in tandem to create crystalline pictures of sweet and agonizing love. Irina changing Konstantin's dressings, Trigorin and Nina exploring the level of their attraction, Dr. Dorn trying to understand Masha, the heartbreaking last scene between Nina and Konstantin. Done right, "The Seagull" is definitely a play that can make you feel the pain of the human condition and I left that performance a little sore.
A couple of specific notes: it's great to see just how comfortable Frank Creasy is on stage. In this show, he gives one of those performances that don't come across as acting at all. Very natural, very well done. Though Stephen Ryan is easily overlooked in his smaller role here, he is perfect as the poor neglected teacher. Though the character is pathetic, Ryan doesn't overplay it and he's just annoying enough that you feel for him but also don't hold him blameless for his position either. And Kerry McGee -- sigh -- my 28th or so crush of the year. Frankly, when I saw her in "Spanish Tragedy," I thought she was a little too petulant and contemporary for her role. But she is a great brooding, broken, and beautiful Masha. With Ryan and McGee as inspirations, I think we could have gotten Chekhov to do a sequel to "The Seagull" called something like "Masha and Medvedenko at Home." I'd pay to see that.
One final shout out to Fred Kaufman -- a definite delight on stage, always thoroughly invested in what's going on, even when he's portraying someone asleep! His performance made some of the play's early expositional dialogue actually enjoyable instead of just palatable.
All in all, a good effort for Henley Street. I'm not yet giddy with anticipation for "Richard III" -- mostly because there's plenty of good theater that's going to be happening in Richmond before the fall -- but I expect around August I will be.