Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Uncle Vanya’

NEW YORK – Classic Stage Company will present "Uncle Vanya" from Jan. 17 through March 1 with a starry cast of young performers.

The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, who just finished honing his Chekhovian chops on the recent successful Broadway production of "The Seagull," film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mamie Gummer and a couple of veterans, Denis O’Hare and Louis Zorich.

The production will be directed by Austin Pendleton. Classic Stage Company is at 136 E 13th Street between Fourth and Third Avenues, just southeast of Union Square. Information is available at Classicstage.org or (212) 677-4210, ext. 10.

‘Hedda Gabler’

The last "Hedda Gabler" I saw was a few years ago at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in German, with subtitles, and it was the best "Hedda Gabler" I’d encountered in a lifetime of theatergoing.

"Hedda Gabler," by Henrik Ibsen,is an enormously difficult assignment for even the most experienced actress. The Roundabout Theatre Company has certainly hired an actress who should be up for the job: Mary Louise Parker, who has successfully tackled movies, television and theater, winning a Tony Award for proof.

This "Hedda Gabler" will be directed by Ian Rickson, who also directed the aforementioned Broadway production of "The Seagull."

Roundabout’s production, which began on Jan. 6, will extend to March 28 at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. Information is available at roundabouttheatre.org or (212) 719-1300.

The Bridge Project at BAM

Once again, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is serving up the best in classical theater.

The Bridge Project is the brainchild of the British theater and film director Sam Mendes, who is putting together a company of 50 percent American and 50 percent British actors to perform classic plays.

The inaugural season will include Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard" in a new adaptation by Tom Stoppard, and a fresh look at one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced plays, "The Winter’s Tale."

The American contingent of actors will include Josh Hamilton, Richard Easton and Ethan Hawke, while the Brits will include Simon Russell Beale, Rebecca Hall and Sinead Cusack.

"The Cherry Orchard" began Jan. 2 and plays until March 8. "The Winter’s Tale" runs from Feb. 10 to March 8.

Schedules and information are available at bam.org or (718) 636-4100.