By Matthew Blank
12 Mar 2013
Performances continue through March 31 in The Public's Anspacher. Previews began March 1.
"In a gorgeously crafted reflection on life, art and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón's Neva," according to the Public, "tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a cold and dimly lit theatre in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905 to rehearse The Cherry Orchard. As she and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and on love — while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime during what will be known as bloody Sunday."
Calderón's criticaly acclaimed production, Diciembre, was seen as part of The Public's 2011 Under the Radar Festival.