The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Christa Macbeth, Sue Mullins, Dawn Arnold, and Ginger Schmidt

Christa Macbeth, Sue Mullins, Dawn Arnold, and Ginger Schmidt

Jazmin Corona

The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns

When: Fridays. Continues through Sept. 23 2016
Price: $19.50, $17.50 students and seniors
movingdock.org
Moving Dock follows up last year's compilation of Chekhov's short stories with this new set of seven. Using "From the Diary of a Violent-Tempered Man" as a framing device, a cast of four women bob between goofy vignettes like "A Work of Art" and richer, more nuanced romantic pieces like "A Joke." Director Dawn Arnold’s reverence and affinity for the source material is clear, but the format—sort of a performance, sort of a staged reading—robs viewers of the stories’ intimacy without doing much to heighten their power.—Dan Jakes

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