Three Sisters, With Gyllenhaal, Rylance, Hecht and More, Is Sold Out Off-Broadway; Extension Mulled
By Kenneth Jones
Classic Stage Company's acclaimed new production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Jessica Hecht, Marin Ireland, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard, has sold out its entire engagement through March 6. The siblings' malady may linger on, though.
A spokesman for the not-for-profit CSC told Playbill.com that management is exploring options to extend the run. CSC has already announced its next production at its 199-seat East Village home: Double Falsehood, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, adapted for the 18th-century stage by Lewis Theobald, and directed by Brian Kulick. That run is scheduled for March 11-April 3. It's not clear if Double Falsehood might be bumped to later dates or perhaps to another venue, or if Three Sisters might find a new home.
Tickets were gone within 24 hours of the Feb. 3 Three Sisters opening, which got a raves from theatre critics.
Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Anson Mount, Roberta Maxwell, Louis Zorich, George Morfogen, Paul Lazar, Gabriel Bettio and James Patrick Nelson.
The creative team includes set designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Marco Piemontese and lighting designer Keith Parham, with sound design and original music by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery. Hair design is by Paul Huntley.
Three Sisters, the 1900 Russian classic about three siblings and their extended family of friends, servants and lovers — all of them aching to find love, purpose and a point to human existence — continues CSC's "Chekhov Initiative" that began with The Seagull, starring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming, followed by their acclaimed production in 2009 of Uncle Vanya, which featured many of the cast members who appear in Three Sisters.
Now in its 44th year, CSC is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." The company is led by artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Jessica R. Jenen. For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre's website at www.classicstage.org.
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