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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...
The Crucible Walter Kerr Theatre 219 W. 48th Street The Belgian director Ivo van Hove has made his questionable reputation in this country by taking theatrical warhorses, or famous plays that many people are tired of or at least overly familiar with, and either ignoring the text completely or working against it directly. His conception of theater is anti-psychological and non-naturalistic and extremely perverse. Van Hove started working in New York mainly at New York Theatre Workshop,...
Annie Baker’s new play John envelops us in a cozy yet forbidding space all its own, with its own time and its own rules. It takes place in a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, run by Mertis (Georgia Engel), a chirpy older woman who in the first scene welcomes a younger couple, Elias (Christopher Abbott) and Jenny (Hong Chau), to stay in one of the guest rooms. There is a large Christmas tree...
When it played downtown at the Public Theatre earlier this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton caused a stir, but it didn’t move to Broadway immediately because Miranda, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the show and also starred as American founding father Alexander Hamilton, wanted to make improvements to it and cut around 15 minutes from it. On the Broadway stage, with a spacious and intricate set designed by David Korins, this musical rooted...