Theatre

Hello Ego, Goodbye Chekhov

My God, suicidal Konstantin is seventeen years old! What is it with his hair? And what is that strange costume he is wearing? Late last year the Sydney Theatre Company produced an Andrew Upton adaptation of Uncle Vanya. On stage at the Sydney Theatre Cate Blanchett, as Someone Un-Chekhovian, assaulted Hugo Weaving, as Someone Else Un-Chekhovian. It was a triumph, they said, with great/splendid/superb performances by a glorious cast of Big Names. Seven sold-out weeks: 44,295 warmed seats. Though the STC did remarkably well out of Vanya their outstanding show last year was dinner for Giorgio Armani, a Hogarthian guzzle…

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