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Cate Blanchett to Make Broadway Debut in Play Directed by John Crowley

The New York Times

Cate Blanchett, one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, will make her Broadway debut next season in a new adaptation of a lesser-known Chekhov play.

Ms. Blanchett will star as a Russian widow in The Present, which reimagines Chekhov’s untitled first play, often called Platonov, set in the 1990s. In the play a group of friends gathers at a country house outside Moscow to celebrate the 40th birthday of Ms. Blanchett’s character, Anna Petrovna. A Chekhovian tangle of vodka-fueled regret unspools, although in this version with considerably more humor than one might expect.

“It’s about life, basically, and the choices that a group of people make,” said the play’s director, John Crowley, who also directed the movie Brooklyn, which is a nominee for a best picture Oscar this year... READ MORE

Photograph by Sara Krulwich / The New York Times

Author: Michael Paulson