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When you’re going to see Cate Blanchett play Chekhov, you probably don’t expect to see her pour a bottle of vodka over her head and gyrate strenuously to the 1990s dance hit “What Is Love.” But that is what happens during the fraught second act of The Present, a hard-edged, often crude adaptation of Chekhov’s early play Platonov by Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton that first played down in Sydney and has now moved to...
Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which is her first play, got such stellar notices and packed houses when it opened in September at the Duke on 42nd Street that now it is back for a return engagement, and it’s easy to see what so many people were excited about. DeLappe has created nine distinct young female characters who play on the same soccer team, and they speak in loud bursts of overlapping dialogue. When we...
In New York City, progressive and liberal as we think ourselves to be, the idea of a social club feels out of place. The original “gentlemen's clubs”—much different in kind than their modern day association—were begun by upper class males in 18th Century England. If a person could lay claim to the title “gentleman,” club membership was permitted. If not—or if, god forbid, he had to earn an income—access denied. Eventually, hundreds of gentlemen's clubs popped...

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