From Man Ray to Mapplethorpe, Lady Chatterley to Lady Gaga, a key hallmark of art has always been its propensity for shock value - its seemingly timeless tendency to incense and outrage audiences’ sensibilities. Russian short story master Anton Chekov takes on art’s controversial character in this farcical tale of a small candelabra that no one seems to want. In a scant 10 minutes, sprightly performer Walter Zimmerman single-handedly brings to life a small town’s worth of unique characters, with their affected foibles and self-satisfying morals. Zimmerman’s knack for voice acting plays perfectly with this dialogue-driven satire.
This is far from a great Chekov story, but it is funny (even though you see it coming) and the narration is solid if not great. Definitely not worth a full credit, but for the one buck cash price, I enjoyed it.
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