To be a character in a Chekhov drama is often to be tantalized and tormented by the life unlived and by the knowledge that although you’re engaged in a game with mortal stakes, you’re unsure what hand to play.
That awareness of a trapped-in-amber existence creates an atmosphere of gradually intensifying desperation in “The Seagull,’’ now at Harbor Stage Company. Adapted and directed by Robert Kropf, it’s a stiletto-sharp production that marks another milestone for this indispensable young troupe, founded last summer by a handful of actors at the tiny waterfront stage that for decades had been operated by Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Don Aucoin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.