the RSC production of The Seagull. I promise I did!
At intermission JW and I ran into an acquaintance of his who told us about how he got tickets to the King Lear in the cancellations line and suggested we do the same; I had waited too late to try and get tickets and Lear was sold out, but I managed to get these Seagull tickets. That was actually fine with me, too, as I'm a big fan of The Seagull.
I was actually considering the whole cancellations routine for a while, but I have to say I turned on this production somewhere around act IV, and it was such a sharp turn that I do not think it would be wise for me to return for Lear.
I was also fantasizing about writing a play riffing on the losers in Chekov's plays, which was nicely diverting, actually. I've always been so fond of Yepihodov in The Cherry Orchard, and there's the teacher who's in love with Masha in The Seagull. I'm not as strong on The Three Sisters or Vanya, but something tells me there might be just such a supporting character in those plays too. Am I right? I can't remember. Anyway, wouldn't it be fun to write a little one act in a bar with all the loser small roles from Chekov's plays? Getting drunk on vodka and crowing about how unrequited their love is and how boring their conversations are and how badly their shoes squeak? Something to think about, I guess.