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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard


by Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Does Chekhov's meandering structure support the themes he's trying to express? Detract from them?
  2. If you had to side with the philosophies of Lubov, Lopakhin, or Trofimov, which would it be?
  3. Do you think this play punishes Lubov and Gaev for living high on the labor of serfs? How might audience members of different backgrounds view this play differently?
  4. Which character(s) do you think presents Chekhov's perspective?
  5. Can you think of contemporary situations that have conflicts similar to those in The Cherry Orchard?
  6. What do you think: is The Cherry Orchard a comedy or a tragedy? If you were directing the play, how would you make your choice clear?

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