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out of five work in which he be­gan wrestling with the themes that would emerge a decade later in his ground­break­ing drama The Seag­ull. Nathanson has dulled his knife, par­ing Chekhov’s script into a raw 90 min­utes, with only four of the 18 orig­i­nal char­ac­ters sur­viv­ing the cut. He has added a scene be­tween Anna and Peter that adds sex­ual ten­sion, which might ex­plain the lat­ter’s over­at­ten­tive­ness with his pa­tient. Much of the hu­mour cre­ated by the sup­port­ing roles has been sac­ri­ficed for the sake of econ­omy, leav­ing the fo­cus on a bro­ken, ex­as­per­at­ing man haunted not by some­one else, à la Ham­let, but by him­self. Ivanov is heavy com­pany, but the

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