The Russian director, working with an American ensemble, had his country’s fate on his mind as he staged Chekhov’s valedictory play.
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.
The master director from St. Petersburg takes some liberties with the playwright’s final work, but the result is somehow all the more Chekhovian.
Contemporary Russian theatre reflects a divisive political moment with rage, irony and low-fuss experimentation.