The Free State: A South African Response to Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
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This powerful version of Chekhov’s famous drama reflects the South African phenomenon of the 1990s. With the hindsight of the new millennium we can look back and see that the miracle did happen. The new order did take over from the old. The fruitless cherry orchard was chopped down. The old men who couldn't move with the times have been left behind and forgotten. Chekhov's great pre-revolutionary drama, dreaming of youthful energy replacing the worn-out inertia of a dying world, lends itself vividly to this new setting in post-revolutionary South Africa.
Suzman has given Chekhov's last great play a hard new dimension, public, moral and political - and her production proves that the play can bear it and be enriched in the process. The Times
It is difficult to imagine a relocation which works as comprehensively as this. The Financial Times
A piece of extraordinary freshness and political urgency. Daily Telegraph
In terms of contemporary political drama, there is nothing to touch it. The Independent