“The Seagull” Crashes and Burns

Anton Chekhov, center,  reads "The Seagull" to the Moscow Art Theatre.

Anton Chekhov, center, reads “The Seagull” to the Moscow Art Theatre.

On this date in 1896, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” premieres in St. Petersburg. The play is a flop, leading Chekhov to say, “Not if I live to be 700 will I write another play.”

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