The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway staging of The Cherry Orchard officially opened October 16. Anton Chekhov’s classic play has been adapted by Tony winner Stephen Karam and is directed by Simon Godwin, with a starry principal cast that includes Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Pischik, Broadway and Hollywood actress Diane Lane as Ranevskaya, Tony winner Joel Grey ( Cabaret, Wicked) as Firs, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Varya and Tony winner John Glover ( Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Gaev.
Performances of the new adaptation began September 15 at the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement scheduled to run through December 4.
Critics have begun filing their reviews. Playbill.com will continue to update this list as more are posted:
AM New York (Matt Windman)
Deadline Hollywood (Jeremy Gerard)
Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)
NBC New York (Robert Kahn)
New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)
New York Times (Ben Brantley)
NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)
Time Out New York (David Cote)
Variety (Marilyn Stasio)
Vulture (Jesse Green)
The Wrap (Robert Hofler)
The cast also includes Tavi Gevinson ( The Crucible) as Anya, Harold Perrineau ( Lost, Zero Dark Thirty) as Lopakhin, Kyle Beltran, Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.
Roundabout describes the play as “Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. First produced in Moscow in 1904, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.”
Take a look at photos from the production below:
First Look at Diane Lane in The Cherry Orchard
Tickets are available by calling (212) 719-1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org and in person at any Roundabout box office.
(Updated October 16, 2016)