“No fun to hang around
Feelin’ that same old way
No fun to hang around
Freaked out for another day
No fun my babe
The Stooges – No Fun
I can hardly imagine a more suitable contemporary song in English for Anton Chekhov‘s “The Seagull”… and I was glad to discover it in a staging at the theater of Heidelberg, Germany yesterday. Two well spent theater hours: free of clichés and platitudes, with a number of intertwined elements of humor, surprise or deep desperation, but remaining true to the intent of the author.
A spectacular Treplew (Dominik Lindhorst) embodying a wide array of disruptive emotions with ease and fervor. A less spectacular Arkadina (Nicole Averkamp). And the perpetual, restless attempt of everyone to escape mediocrity, and to forget who they really are consumed by a tragically hilarious obsession of becoming someone else… None of this is fun and all efforts seem to be doomed to fail amidst love, cruelty, hopelessness.
If it hadn’t been the somewhat too hectic pace and at times inexplicable nudity, it would have been one of the most coherent stagings I’ve seen. Still a clear recommendation and definitely worth seeing.