Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh make their Broadway debut in this new production of Chekhov’s The Present, a transfer from a critically acclaimed run at Sydney Theatre Company. Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, The Present is Anton Chekhov’s first play, but it wasn’t discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death. This new adaptation by Andrew Upton sets the play post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s.
SYNOPSIS: Friends gather at an old country house to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna. At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fueled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.
Jan. 16 - Feb. 26 - Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @1:30 and 7:30pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @7:30pm, Saturday @1:30 and 7:30pm, Sunday @3pm