Tom Keenan (photo: Bruce Monk)
I'm More Than a BirdUnspoken regret is a Russian invention.
by Edgar Governo
Any work of fiction in which one or more of the characters is an author is also inevitably, to some extent, a comment on the author of the work itself, and the male characters in particular feel no different here. Constantine struggles to take theatre in a new direction, and Krista Jackson's direction around his play-within-a-play at the beginning of the show--with Constantine's audience approaching the stage along the aisles of the RMTC Warehouse--makes The Seagull's audience complicit in the eventual ridicule of his experimentation. (The Seagull was notoriously lambasted after its premiere in 1896, making this reaction seem prescient.) Trigorin has a more established career, but his most famous monologue is about hating his own success and his compulsion to write, while Sorin regrets the writing path not taken (possibly representing Chekhov's work as a medical doctor, which he continued throughout his writing career) despite the fact that Trigorin is no happier than he is.