Anton Chekhov's final play, The Cherry Orchard, is gracing the stage of Off-Broadway's Pearl Theatre Company. Joseph Hardy directs the drama, which will officially open on Jan. 22 and run through Feb. 25. Previews began Jan. 11. Pearl regular Joanna Camp will play the central role of Ranevskaya, the flighty, spendthrift matriarch of a Russian estate who returns from a sojourn in Paris in a futile attempt to put her affairs right and save her land and orchard from developers. Lopachin, the merchant class upstart and friend of the family who eventually purchases the orchard, is played by Dan Daily. Also in the cast are Rachel Botchan, Edward Seamon, Dominic Cuskern and Christopher Moore.
Tickets are $28-$25. The Pearl is located at 80 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 598-9802.
— By Robert Simonson