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Review: Hawke soars in Chekhov’s ‘Ivanov’

November 12, 2012 • Entertainment


This theater image released by The Publicity Office shows Ethan Hawke, left, and Joely Richardson in a scene from “Ivanov,” performing off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company in New York. (AP Photo/The Publicity Office; Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Anton Chekhov’s early drama “Ivanov” centers on a very unhappy, heavily indebted Russian landowner in the 1880s. The drama is written unevenly, with themes that are more smoothly handled in his later plays, yet contains elements of comedy and tragedy that are resolutely Chekhovian.

While the revival that opened Sunday night at Classic Stage Company has its ups and downs, it’s enlivened by some moving performances and a direct translation from the Russian by Carol Rocamore. Under Austin Pendleton’s relaxed direction, some scenes languish and go nowhere, while others have successfully humorous or fiery Login to read more

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