Stephen Leigh Morris in the LA Weekly, who seems to be a fan of Chekhov, bemoans the increasing irrelevance of the Russian's repetroire.
This eulogy, centering on the Taper's current production of The Cherry Orchard, ends up lionizing the Bard:
"Chekhov is gathering dust because our culture is so far beyond even the remotest attempt at gentility. Our conversations are not ruminations interrupted by people on a different track. Our conversations are screaming matches. Dissenters are not politely given their say and then challenged with reasonable
counterarguments. They are Swift Boated, discredited and impeached by people who do not mean well, and who do lie, knowingly. Motivation in our culture is
not polite; it’s duplicitous if not venal. You can find all this in Shakespeare, which is why the Bard is so damnably enduring."
Somewhere, Iago and Harold Bloom grin.