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
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