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Improbably and almost always deliciously, the tiny Classic Stage Company has become the place to find indie-film stars in chamber productions of 19th-century Russian masterworks. In the last six years, the company has staged five Chekhov plays with such attention-getting magnets as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard. More »
To say a new musical-comedy could have been written anytime in the last 50 years should sound like an insult. Forget that. To observe, yet again, that most movie adaptations make uninspired musicals is to repeat much recent Broadway history. Not this time. More »
One danger in describing "Constellations" -- and there are more than a few -- is that Nick Payne's time-traveling, two-character, 70-minute invention will sound like a technical gimmick. Another peril would be to let his way of repeating short scenes with different emphases suggest just an acting exercise. Or worse, upon learning that the action takes place in "The Multiverse" of the "Past, Present and Future" and that a character is a quantum cosmologist, one could be excused for dreading a physics lesson. More »