Jay Scheib’s PLATONOV, OR THE DISINHERITED
January 25 only
A century and a half ago, Anton Chekhov wrote a play while still a medical student. Never performed or published in his lifetime, it was discovered in a locked box years after his death. This sprawling 20-character work, left untitled, has subsequently appeared as “Play Without Title,” “Without Fathers,” “A Country Scandal,” “Don Juan in the Russian Manner” and as the film “Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano.”
This week the director Jay Scheib will offer his own version. Or is that two versions?
On Wednesday night at 8, the play “Platonov, or The Disinherited” will have its premiere at the Kitchen. At the same time, “The Disinherited,” a film of the production — edited and broadcast live — will screen at the AMC Empire 25 Cinema in Midtown. Subsequent performances will also play the BAM Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Simulcasting has become a staple of the Metropolitan Opera and the National Theater in London. But it’s unusual to attempt it in a low-budget rendition of an obscure modernist muddle. – Alexi Soloski, New York Times, 1/5/14
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