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This fluent new adaptation by Artistic Director Lance Hewett imposes no obtrusive "concept" on Chekhov’s supremely accessible masterpiece, but focuses on the humor, irony and heartbreaking humanity of these timeless characters, among them an idealistic young writer tragically torn apart by the ambitious actress he loves and by his actress mother terrified of growing old. The trysts and triangles of unrequited love play out on a seemingly idyllic Russian country estate, where there are no villains, only flawed heroes with shattered dreams -- misfit romantics in an intimate environment filled with (in Chekhov’s words) "a ton of love." Chekhov’s most personal play, expressing his fervent belief -- “life without purpose is no life at all” -- cuts through even the darkest moments to let our own spirits soar . . .