Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is one of those masterworks that doesn’t get produced in town very often. First produced in 1896 to an unappreciative audience, The Seagull later became one of Chekhov’s most celebrated plays. A highly regarded 19th-century Russian playwright, Chekhov was also a practicing physician — a smart man who also apparently excelled in time management. Like many of his works, The Seagull is also about subtext — what’s left unsaid among the ensemble cast. (Chekhov, like Jane Austen, was an astute observer, though her characters were more cheerful.) The play opened Wednesday at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (3614 Main, 816-569-3226), which is no stranger to challenging and interesting productions. See it tonight at 7:30. For more information and tickets, see metkc.org. The Seagull runs through January 29.