American Players Theatre's "The Seagull" Theater and Dance A playwright tries to emerge from the shadow of his famous actress mother, 7:30 pm on 8/7 & 14 and 8 pm, 8/9, APT, Spring Green. $70-$44. americanplayers.org. 608-588-2361
August 1 to September 20, 2014 (Up the Hill)
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by John Langs
Opening night: August 9 at 8 p.m.
It's tough to live up to your parents' expectations, and tougher when your mom is a famous - and very critical - actress. Such is the plight of Arkadina's son Treplev as he tries to make his mark as a playwright, while holding on to Nina, the woman he loves. Artistic temperaments abound as Arkadina, her lover (the famous author, Trigorin) and the rest of the charismatic cast fall in and out of love and the limelight in this darkly funny Russian comedy. Featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold as Arkadina, Jim DeVita as Trigorin, Colleen Madden as Polina, Laura Rook as Nina, Christopher Sheard as Treplev, Robert Spencer as Sorin, James Ridge as Dr. Dorn, Tim Gittings as Medvedenko and Anne E. Thompson as Masha.