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The Seagull

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  12,342 ratings  ·  216 reviews
A masterpiece of modern drama, The Seagull dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin, and the famous middlebrow story writer Trigorin.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Faber & Faber (first published 1895)
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I just noticed this is my 100th review. Or perhaps it is my 98th if you only count the sober ones (unless of course you’re using the Alex method, in which case I’ve only written two reviews because it’s only the drunken ones that count), and so I shall allow myself in light of this occasion to blather away without bothering my head about any forms whatsoever. (As opposed to the usual.)

Which reminds me of a quote I came across recently…
“The conviction is gradually forcing itself upon me that goo
March 9, 2009

When I read a play, I am always aware of what a limited view I have of the work, knowing that I am seeing a mere skeleton without any flesh, a framework on which must be hung the realization of the work of art; thinking that I have truly experienced the play by just reading it is, I think, much like convincing myself that I know a Beethoven symphony simply because I have read the score. I have never seen Chekhov’s “Seagull” produced, and that is frustrating. I have read about it and
I don't know why I find Chekhov so much more accessible than Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy, but his works never fail to pull me in.

Chekhov's keen observations, his own long life of bachelorhood (until marrying at 41-- and even then, in a rather unconventional marriage) and lengthy list of love affairs must have surely contributed to his cynical, distraught characters.

The Seagull is a heart-wrenching complicated love triangle of Masha loves Constantine, Constantine loves Nina, Nina loves Trigorin (who
Stephanie Davies
Chekhov described his play as “a comedy, three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love,” a description which hardly does justice to one of the best additions to the literature canon. The Seagull is concerned with such compelling topics as unrequited love, failure, abandonment, and the banality and stifling mediocrity of life. There are certainly funny moments within the play-- for instance, it is difficult to point a ...more
The Seagull, written in 1895, received disastrous reviews initually, but when it was produced again, in 1898, it was a success. The depressed characters are doubtless easy for people to identify with. Most people in the novel are unhappy because they love people that don't really see them. The title, as suggested by the character Trigorin, himself an author, is a metaphor for freedom and the impossibility of freedom when one's love isn't returned.

The play challenges the actors as well as the aud
A fine play by Chekhov. I liked it more than Ivanov for its characterization and dialogue, but the protagonist was in many ways identical to Ivanov. There is this raw and bareness about Chekhov that impresses me every time I read him. His writings are devoid of any pretense. Plain and tragic, just the way LIFE is.
NINA: All men and beasts, lions, eagles, and quails, horned stags, geese, spiders, silent fish that inhabit the waves, starfish from the sea, and creatures invisible to the eye—in one word, life—all, all life, completing the dreary round imposed upon it, has died out at last. A thousand years have passed since the earth last bore a living creature on her breast, and the unhappy moon now lights her lamp in vain. No longer are the cries of storks heard in the meadows, or the drone of beetles in th ...more
اگر حتی زندگیم برایت ارزشی دارد بیا و انرا بگیر
Pierre E. Loignon
Tchékhov, Anton, La Mouette

La Mouette est, pour moi, une comédie sur l’écriture et sur l’Art.
Je ne sais pas si certains arrivent à l’apprécier sans y réfléchir et sans préparation, mais ce n’est pas mon cas. On y trouve bien quelques remarques amusantes sur le métier de l’écrivain, quelques quiproquos et plusieurs possibilités amusantes à mettre en scène pour que la pièce soit immédiatement drôle et c’est indéniablement ce qui fait le succès populaire de la pièce. Par contre, si on en reste là
This is the Chekhov play that brought his name to the forefront of Dramatic literature and created the moscow Art theatre that used as it's symbol the seagull in flight. Nina the young actress, beloved by Constantin Treplev, falls in love with his Mother's lover, Trigorin, runs away with him only to return, a fallen but oddly hopeful woman. She identifies with the seaqull who is shot by Treplev in the first scene and placed at her feet. Trigorin comments: A man comes along and shoots a seagull f ...more
Impossible to give less than a star. Boring as a Twitter timeline.
Ali Heidari
نمایشنامه شاید بیش از هر چیز به واسطه شبکه پیچیده و تلخ ارتباطی که بین شخصیت‌هایش ترسیم می‌کند، عمیق و مهم جلوه کند. یک خانه ییلاقی، مرکز شکل‌گیری این شبکه عجیب ارتباطی است که بر مبنای کمی عاشقانه شکل می‌گیرد و در آن هیچ رابطه‌ای کامل نمی‌شود. همه شخصیت‌های داستان عاشق یکدیگر هستند؛ اما هیچ عشق دو طرفه و کاملی میان هیچ زوجی از آنها وجود ندارد؛ ترپلف عاشق نیناست، نینا عاشق تریگورین است، ماشا عاشق‌ ترپلف است و مدودنکو عاشق ماشا ست، آرکادنیا عاشق تریگورین است و پولینا عاشق دکتر و... تمام این عشق‌ها ...more
It has been a long time since I had run any of Anton Chekhov's plays, but after I read his long short story "The Steppe" while on vacation, I wanted to take another look. We are sometimes so cowed by Tolstoyevsky -- as my late mother called him -- that we ignore that there are other Russian writers who are just as great.

The central symbol in The Seagull is, of course, the dead seagull. I can imagine high school teachers making much of this, but I don't think one can assign any cut-and-dried mean
David Sarkies
Russian literature seems to have a very bleak undertone to it, though I must admit that the only Russian authors that I have read is Dostoyevski and Chekhpv, and the only other author that I know of (and do intend to read one day) is Tolstoy. I guess when you are swamped with the plethora of English writers, then writers in other nations really have to stand out to be noticed, but then I suspect that that is also the case in England as well.
I am not sure of Russian literature developed in the
I am not much into reading plays because somehow I am unable to connect to characters and reading experience leaves me with a dry feeling. It must have been because unlike normal fiction, author does not explain/elaborate emotional part of characters' feelings. One has to assume things on its own from the dialogues between characters. That's not very exciting prospect for me because reading gives me pleasure because I like to learn about others' perspectives about life and things in general. So ...more
This is a review of the performance I saw on May 28, 2011 in Atlanta, and not of the actual play as written.

Chekhov is one of my favorite writers and it pains me to see him performed in this way. It also pains me to trash an Atlanta production of a serious play (I do want to be encouraging, afterall). Atlanta doesn’t often perform Chekhov, or anything halfway serious for that matter. It’s like we’re so afraid of boring the audience we have to make everything into an easy joke, which is why we n
I was really surprised when I was informed that this play was written in 1895, and first produced in 1896. It is unconventional as a play for its time, and I do believe that it shares some qualities with Oscar Wilde (whom I prefer on the whole, though Chekhov has his redeeming qualities)

What I liked about this play, first of all, was the way it explored various themes/morals/ideals in the metatheatrical, and even Wildean, tradition. From the very beginning, from Constantine's own play (yes, a pl
Ecce Homo. Voici l’homme, ou plutôt des êtres humains qui peuplent un endroit autour d’un Lac. Le Lac. L’eau comme source de vie, d’envie mais aussi de passivité et peut être de sommeil, de l’intuition profonde, de l’inconscient. On a dit de cette pièce qu’elle était impressionniste, naturaliste, symboliste. Je crois tout simplement qu’elle prolifère de sens, ce sens que cherche désespérément la plupart des personnages de cette pièce. Un sens à la vie, un sens à l’écriture, un sens sur l’idéal e ...more
Anton Chekhov's play THE SEAGULL was first performed in 1896. The play addresses and explores many themes but one that affected me most is Trigorin's view of his writing. B. A. Trigorin is an accomplished writer who speaks of his insecurities to Nina, a naive actress. Trigorin's writing is his obsession and he cannot get away from it because he cannot get away from himself.

"A minor writer, especially, if he hadn't had much luck, sees himself as clumsy, awkward, and unwanted...drawn towards peopl
Jennifer Creery
Simply amazing! Chekhov's ability to create drama, with careful avoidance of the term 'melodrama', out of seemingly unpromising materials and with such artistic beauty, upholds him as one of the foremost Russian playwrights of the 19th century. Indeed, of all time. I've read most of Chekhov's plays, and 'The Seagull' seems to be my favourite despite its terrible reception when it was first performed. I think the argument of 'nothing happens' in Chekhov's plays is perhaps a little shallow. The ab ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Núria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: idealistas, realistas y melancólicos
'La gaviota' tiene la mejor caída de telón final que se ha escrito nunca. No hay discusión posible. Como todas las obras de Chéjov es melancólica, contenida, llena de resignación, divertida, deliciosa y llena de amores no correspondidos. Y me encanta que en Chéjov siempre incluso los personajes más secundarios estén llenos de matices, tengan su historia detrás y una razón particular para su tristeza, además de un pequeño momento y unas líneas significantes para lucirse en escena. Como dos de los ...more
I didn't much care for this Chekhov play. I realize what he was trying to do in regards to having the actual action in the play occur offstage, and the dialogue -about- the action onstage, and the fact that I respect the fact that he was trying something new (for the time period) convinced me to give it 2 stars instead of 1. However, the characters were wooden almost without exception, and the ending was -far- too abrupt. Also, you just know from the first time the sea gull shows up in the play ...more
"Postoje opsesije, kad čovek danju i noću misli, na primer, samo o mesecu; i ja imam takav svoj mesec. Danju i noću me mori jedna nametljiva misao: ja moram da pišem, ja moram da pišem, ja moram... Tek što sam završio jednu novelu, a već moram da pišem drugu, zatim treću, posle treće četvrtu... Pišem neprestano, kao čovek koji se vozi i samo menja konje, i drukčije ne mogu. Čega tu ima divnog i svetlog, pitam ja vas? O, kakav ludački život! Eto, sad sam s vama, uzbuđujem se, a međutim svestan sa ...more
Sam Woodfield
It's been quite a while since I read a play and this has reminded me that I should do more often as this was a very good quick read.
There is no real main protagonist in this play, although it seems to work around the life of Constantine who is a very sad young man who feels he is insignificant and a failure in all he does. He is unlucky in love, and a failed author and playwrite, his mother is far from affectionate and is only concerned with herself, leaving when Constantine needs her the most.
Jessica Barkl
I re-read this play today because there is an audition for it in Albuquerque. I find it funny that some things are easier to read and understand after some life experience. The last time I read this, I think I was 19 years old, and thought it was a bit melodramatic, but this reading...and maybe it was the translation, but...I liked it a lot more. The characters are very stereotypical of Chekhov with the young girl, the ailing senior, the doctor everyone loves, and the diva matriarch. But...the q ...more
Anne Sofie
4,5 star

I've just finished The Seagull, and i think it was sublime in many ways.

First of all because that untill the end, you couldn't really figure out who would kill him or herself, though it was obvious almost from the begining that one of them would commit suicide. All of them were depressed and melancholic in one way or another.
Second of all I liked the way they were reffering to a seagull, both the one wich was shot, and the metaphorically.
Some people might say it is depressing reading,
I liked this play a lot. Everyone is depressed and crying the whole time and I've never laughed as much in public
Michael Greenan
This is a play about unrequited love, among other things. When it premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia the audience laughed it off the stage; they didn't understand it. Anton Chekhov, the playwright, was crushed, and he vowed to never write another play again.

Even today, "The Seagull" does not earn its proper respect. I remember a local Lafayette critic labeling the play as "a nineteenth century soap opera." The term "soap opera" has a pejorative connotation; it implies melodrama, cheap writing,
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
With a Positive Psychology Twist
A positive psychology exercise is gratitude – research has showed how good expressing gratitude is.
Well, I want to express my gratitude to Chekhov. He has written a great number of masterpieces- plays and short stories that have lifted my spirits, in spite or because of their sadness.
The seagull is an absolute tragedy. I will not mention the finale, but from the beginning through to the end the atmosphere is morose.
The summary of the p
Dorottya Bacsi
I liked this play a lot. I can't put a finger on it why it is only 4 stars for me... it's just missing something for my liking. Maybe I would have liked an even deeper analysis, the whole play seemed so short for me. And as much as the seagull metaphor / symbol is brought through the drama consistently, sometimes it felt forced for me.

I think this play is even true for our generation. All the characters could be found in today's society. The naive girl with irrealistic / fun-looking but, with he
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