"...a play with infinite rewards and shimmering truths." -The New York Times
This quintessential Chekhov drama - his first success - is both comic and tragic. A group of friends and relations gather at a country estate to see the first performance of an experimental play written and stages by the young man of the house, Konstantin (Frank Langella), an aspiring writer who dreams of bringing new forms to the theatre. Among the audience are Konstantin's self-centered mother, the actress Arkadina, and her lover, the novelist Trigorin. Their glamorous presence not only disrupts the performance, but also soon takes on a more profound significance for the lives of all those present.