New plays from Jez Butterworth, James Graham, and Lucy Kirkwood throw its characters and their values into sharp relief and thrilling conflict.
The ensemble that formed around a production at ACT Theatre is living the dream of becoming a slow-brewing Chekhov rep company.
His minimalist aesthetic seems to mesh well with the character-driven work of the composer/lyricist. Next: ‘Pacific Overtures.’
From ‘Cherry Orchard’ on Broadway to ‘Cymbeline’ in London, period transplants have varied success.
In adapting 3 early works by the Russian master, the English playwright met a young, passionate artist, not a distant deity.
From avant-garde to populist, from reimagined Shakespeare to devised immersion, this year’s fest delivered a richly various banquet of theatre.
He loved to visit my graduate theatre class, always unannounced, and scatter pearls of wisdom. My students took notes.
Putting Strindberg’s ‘The Father’ and Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ in rep heightened the similarities, and the contrasts, between the Scandinavian rivals.
A few farces aside, current plays in the Old Smoke offer no escape from a disturbing world.
The master director from St. Petersburg takes some liberties with the playwright’s final work, but the result is somehow all the more Chekhovian.