The Verdict: Critics Review Nikolai and The Others, Starring Michael Cerveris, Stephen Kunken, John Glover and Blair Brown

Nikolai and the Others, the world-premiere play from Richard Nelson that imagines a weekend shared by Russian artists George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, Nikolai Nabokov and more, opened Off-Broadway May 6 at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Kathryn Erbe and Stephen Kunken
Kathryn Erbe and Stephen Kunken (Photo by Paul Kolnik)

Award-winning director David Cromer helms the 1948-set play in which artistic pursuits and Cold War American politics intermingle. Performances are currently scheduled through June 16. 

The cast, who inhabit a collection of Russian emigres who assemble over the course of a weekend in Westport, CT, includes Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris ( Sweeney Todd, Evita) as choreographer George Balanchine, Tony Award winner John Glover ( Love! Valour! Compassion!) as composer Igor Stravinsky, Alvin Epstein ( Endgame, King Lear) as artist Sergey Sudeikin, Stephen Kunken ( Enron) as composer Nikolai Nabokov, Dale Place ( Our Town) as conductor Serge Koussevitsky, Tony winner Blair Brown ( Copenhagen) as Vera Stravinsky, Tony nominee  Kathryn Erbe ( The Speed of Darkness) as Natasha Nabokov, as well as  Betsy Aidem, Natalia Alonso, Lauren Culpepper, Anthony Cochrane, Jennifer Grace, Katie Kreisler, Haviland Morris, John Procaccino, Michael Rosen, Gareth Saxe and Alan Schmuckler.

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