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<em>Track 3</em> at Radar LA

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Conceived by the imaginative team of Tina Kronis and Richard Alger, and performed by members of the Theatre Movement Bazaar, Track 3 is a hilariously brilliant adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. It is a delight to anyone with a passing knowledge of Chekhov's plays, but even those who remember little of Chekhov will be laughing at the sheer hilarity and inventiveness of this production.

Using a mélange of choreography, vaudeville gags and gestures, and a pinch of commedia dell'arte, the company not only spoofs the mock seriousness surrounding Chekhov's work (which, truth be known, the playwright himself never intended), but also manages to plumb the more profound depths of Chekhov's message about the human condition. The production is a tour de force by a company that has been laboring in the vineyards of LA theater for more than a decade.

The writing is outstanding - Alger's text sparkles with witty dialogue and zingers while still evoking the pathos of each character. And the direction and choreography by Kronis is both broadly humorous and elegant at the same time. The team has not simply caricatured Chekhov's characters, they have reduced them to their essential qualities that burn with truth.

The performances are outstanding. Caitlyn Conlin is a sheer delight as the tortured Irina, and Dylan Jones and Kendra Chell are excellent as Masha and Olga. Mark Skeens is a witty and wonderful Andrei, and David LM McIntyre, Jesse Myers and Mark Doerr are terrifically funny in supporting roles. Special kudos to Elizabeth Vital as the darkly ditsy Natasha.

Theatre Movement Bazaar is a gem in the LA theatrical scene, and has made a splash internationally, having recently returned from performances of Track 3 in London and Edinburgh. This is a company worth both watching and supporting as its reputation spreads beyond Southern California.

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