Review: 2 gals, a guy and Chekhov in play '3C'

June 22, 2012 • Entertainment

This undated publicity photo released by Kornberg PR shows, from left, Anna Chlumsky, Kate Buddeke, Hannah Cabell and Jake Silbermann in a scene from David Adjmi’s play, “3C”, performing off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. (AP Photo/Kornberg PR, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — If a surreal, downbeat inversion of a cheery 1970’s sitcom sounds intriguing, then you and your therapist will probably want to see David Adjmi’s new play, “3C.”

Adjmi has imagined how Chekhov (and maybe Wile E. Coyote) would handle a classic American television situation comedy, based on the lighthearted “Three’s Company.” He’s reworked the original fluffy good humor into deep dysthymia and near-suicidal depression, using absurdism and existentialism overdosed with Chekhovian angst.

The sharp-edged, discomforting production that premiered Thursday night at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will no doubt please fans of Adjmi’s previous hard-edged plays, 2011’s “Elective Affinities” and 2009’s “Stunning” at Lincoln Center Theatre’s LCT.

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