Bad Habits was great. The play is a little dated, but definitely funny. The acting was really great. The actors almost all took this play all the way, no holding back.
I liked the birch trees. (Real trees, mind you!) It definitely gave the set an atmosphere, evocative of Russia.
This is a marvelous play, and can't be comprehended in one viewing. I found it hard to get some of the characters straight and their relationships to one another. Even afterwards, I was not certain how two fitted into the story--a gouty old man and a young one who was obsessed with going to Paris, also an eccentric young woman. The Russian names made it particularly difficult. (I am not advocating some kind of Americanization of the text, by the way. Maybe just a little guide in the program.)
The performances were, many of them, quite good. The new-rich peasant, the young student (seemingly a character who voices many of Chekhov's views), the elderly servant,
the formerly rich lady whose property is about to be sold, all made a strong impression.
I will look forward to the next opportunity to see this play. Meanwhile I intend to read the text, and try to understand more of what I missed in the performance.
I thought Bad Habits was a VERY funny play, though a llittle dated, and the actors gave it all they got--great job, guys, glad I went and will make a point of going to see you again soon.
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