“ … Kimberly Senior's quietly staged, achingly acted production is full of modest but considerable rewards and, yes, feels totally in sync with the moment. ”— Time Out Chicago
“ Kimberly Senior's stripped-down staging of Anton Chekhov's last play, about a fading upper-class family losing their beloved estate to foreclosure, feels nearly perfect for our age of scarcity and anxiety. The entire ensemble fully inhabits the tale's aura of hapless good intent trumped by harsh reality, and Jennifer Avery is heartbreaking as the endearing yet maddeningly indecisive Lovey, whose distractedness barely covers up her incipient hysteria. ”— Chicago Reader
When Kimberly Senior helmed our production of Curt Columbus' translation of Three Sisters, Chicago Tribune said things like "intensely appealing," and "smoldering sexual energy." Time Out said it was "striking in its bald honesty and bold emotion." And Gay Chicago Magazine called it "a pure joy to experience." You can't buy press like that. We've looked into it.
So when Kimberly Senior brings Curt Columbus' translation of Cherry Orchard to Strawdog, SEE IT. An aristocratic family returns to Russia to keep their estate from being auctioned off to pay the delinquent mortgage. If they could only make themselves do something ... something other than allowing hidden passions to break through their upperclass manners in unfortunate and hilarious ways.
With a depth of visual focus that only our unique space can offer, and subtle, naturalist acting that has to be seen up close, Strawdog will show you once again why Chekhov is considered a master. It's not because people used to like boring things.