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The Verdict See What Critics Said about Broadway's The Present, Starring Cate Blanchett The Sydney Theatre Company production opened January 8 at the Barrymore.
Cate Blanchett and the cast of The Present Sydney Theatre Company
The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present, which marks the Broadway debut of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, officially opened January 8 following previews that began December 17 at the Barrymore Theatre.

Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, stars Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh under the direction of John Crowley. The limited engagement will continue through March 19.

The Sydney Theatre Company Australian cast includes Blanchett (Anna) and Roxburgh (Mikhail) with Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirrill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei), and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

Critics have begun filing their reviews. will continue to update this list as they are published.

AM New York (Matt Windman)

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

DC Theatre Scene (Jonathan Mandell) (Chris Nashawaty)

Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

Huffington Post (Steven Suskin)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Times (Ben Brantley)

The Stage (Mark Shenton)

The Telegraph (Diane Snyder)

Time Out (David Cote)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness, and The Disinherited, Chekhov’s first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death. Upton’s adaptation, according to press notes, is set “post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) 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.”

The production also has set and costume design by Alice Babidge with lighting design by Nick Schlieper, and sound design and music by composer Stefan Gregory.

The Present is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and Sydney Theatre Company.

A limited number of general rush tickets are available when the box office opens at 10 AM the day of the performance (noon on Sundays) at $45 each. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

The box office of the Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 W. 47th Street. Tickets are also available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

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