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The Cherry Orchard

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Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 13 2010

$15-20

Compass Repertory Theatre's first-ever show marks the West Coast premiere of playwright Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Chekhov's script, about a family of Russian aristocrats who've run out of money—they can no longer afford their estate or the small army of servants and hangers-on who support their lifestyle. Stoppard's adaptation highlights the humor in what Chekhov always insisted was a comedic play, and director Daniel Shaw goes one further by introducing a pratfall-y element of physical comedy: a character who, in the script, wears boots that "squeak loudly" is here accompanied by a clown-nose honk when he walks across the room; actor after actor winds up sliding, tumbling, or collapsing hilariously to the floor. Even squeaky clown-nose noises can't render the tribulations of Russia's landed gentry as slapstick—there's a problem of tone here, and some of the attempts at humor feel strained. But Stoppard's adaptation is wry and accessible, and Compass gives it an earnest effort. It's not a home run, but it's a promising start. ALISON HALLETT

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