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Vol. LXII, No. 20
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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IN THE HAMPTONS: Maria Tucci plays Maria in Emily Mann’s “A Seagull in the Hamptons,” which is freely adapted from Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” with Brian Murray as her brother Nicholas. The world premiere adaptation at McCarter Theatre Center (91 University Place, Princeton) runs through June 8. For tickets, call (609) 258-2787 or online at

Emily Mann’s “Seagull” Settles in 21st Century Long Island In Adaptation Full of Chekhovian Yearning, Despair, Humor

Donald Gilpin

There’s nothing to do … Oh, my … All this love … all this painful love …” exclaims the local doctor, who has just served once again as confidant to a love-struck young woman, who is yearning for an unattainable young man, who will soon be suffering his own unrequited love.

Whether it’s Anton Chekhov’s country estate amidst the tired aristocracy in the last decades of czarist Russia or Emily Mann’s present-day beachfront Long Island mansion in a world of restless New York writers and actors, it’s the often humorous, hopelessly frustrating and poignant travails of the human heart that take center stage for close examination.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Brings Stravinsky and Upshaw to Princeton

Nancy Plum

When one thinks of Minnesota’s Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, one usually thinks of top-notch strings playing the best of the chamber music repertory, especially from the Baroque and Classical periods. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, which performed Saturday night at McCarter Theatre, still maintains the finest among string players but chose also to show off its winds in the bulk of the evening’s concert. Joined by renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, the ensemble focused its programming efforts on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and especially the music of Igor Stravinsky.

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