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Taking liberties with Chekhov and Shakespeare

Taking liberties with Chekhov and Shakespeare

"Common Hatred"  Can we talk about titles for a moment? Specifically the title of Ruckus Theatre's newest show? Because I keep coming back to it, turning it over in my head, trying to make sense of both the play and its overarching themes. Devised by the cast over a six-month period and shaped into a script by Calamity West, "Common Hatred" takes the real estate anxieties and family discord of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" as inspiration and shifts the action forward to the present day. This isn't a straight adaptation of the original, though. While it's true there are parallels and echoes, I don't think we're meant to...

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