By Kenneth Jones
15 Dec 2011
|Photo by Carol Rosegg|
The critically acclaimed, intimate staging of Anton Chekhov's Russian classic at CSC's Off-Broadway home on East 13th Street is directed by Andrei Belgrader. The translation is by John Christopher Jones.
For tickets and performance schedule information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday noon to 6 PM.
Chekhov's tragicomic 1904 classic, featuring John Turturro as Lopakhin, Dianne Wiest as Ranevskaya and Daniel Davis as Gaev, opened Dec. 4 following previews from Nov. 16 in a run that had previously been extended to Dec. 30.
The Cherry Orchard is considered one of the pillars of Russian dramatic literature and modern western theatre. Turturro and Oscar winner Wiest are veterans of CSC. The famous play concerns landowners who don't act quickly or passionately enough to save their beloved estate. The price of human indolence and procrastination (in the face of progress) is at the play's core. Wiest's Ranevskaya keeps looking to the past while Turturro's former serf Lopakhin has a plan for the property.
Here's how Classic Stage characterizes its revival: "First presented in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre, The Cherry Orchard was Chekhov's final play, and with this new production CSC completes its acclaimed Chekhov Cycle, which has included The Seagull (with Wiest and Alan Cumming), Uncle Vanya (with Denis O'Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard) and Three Sisters (with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard). The latter two productions were directed by Austin Pendleton. With its Chekhov Cycle, CSC mounted these four masterpieces over the past five years, and gathered a dedicated constellation of actors, designers and directors, many of whom continued to return to work together on these remarkable plays."