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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sovremennik On Broadway

The Sovremennik Theater on Sunday gave a public run-through of Galina Volchek's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard." The show, starring Marina Neyolova as Ranevskaya, Igor Kvasha as her brother Gayev, and Yelena Yakovleva as her ward Varya, is actually a revival of a show that once ran at the Sovremennik.

The reason for the renewal is the company's upcoming October tour to New York, where the Sovremennik will join with the Novaya Opera Theater to participate in a Big Apple salute to the 850th anniversary of Moscow. The Novaya Opera Theater will perform Sergei Artsibashev's critically acclaimed staging of "Eugene Onegin."

For the Sovremennik, the short tour to Broadway will be something of a victory lap. Last November the theater enjoyed success with performances of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" and Yevgenia Ginzburg's "Into the Whirlwind" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on West 46th Street. In May, Volchek was presented a special Drama Desk award for best touring show of the year on Broadway.

While the New York critics were, indeed, full of praise for the acting in last year's tour, they were more reserved, and sometimes even blunt, about other aspects of the productions, especially the sets and costumes. As a result, Volchek will take brand new sets by Pavel Kaplevich and new costumes by Slava Zaitsev to the United States with the refurbished version of "The Cherry Orchard." Moscow audiences will get their first glimpse of the show in November.


The mini-exodus of talent from the Maly Theater to the Russian Army Theater continued over the summer. This time the jump was made by the Maly's leading actress, Yevgenia Glushchenko. She follows Boris Morozov, who went from Maly staff director to the Army Theater's chief director in 1995, and actor Dmitry Nazarov, who also moved over in 1995. Glushchenko is expected to begin rehearsing her first show, Maxim Gorky's "The Lower Depths," under Morozov in October.


One of the most obvious changes of the summer took place at the Theater Yunogo Zritelya, located just off Tverskaya Ulitsa on Mamonovsky Pereulok. The once dowdy facade has been replaced by a protruding, second-story glass-covered garden and repainted in sharp blue and white tones.