Chekhov is the father of modern comedy for me. He has a way of taking what's true, and perhaps unspoken, about human nature and turns it up just enough to make it seem a little less disheartening. It's an ability to show something sad or wasteful in a 'third person' kind of way that reveals the ultimate humility of the human race.
I enjoyed the hell out of producing this show because it was a straight up comedy and I didn't have to be in it. You would be amazed at how hard it is to find male talent in North Georgia. This and The Proposal were the only plays we produced where I could really throw myself into the director's role and I will always be thankful for that. I still prefer directing motion pictures though.