June 24, 2020
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
MOSCOW PUSHKIN DRAMA THEATRE
By Anton CHEKHOV
“VISUALLY STRIKING, PSYCHOLOGICALLY NUANCED AND HYPNOTICALLY PERFORMED RUSSIAN STAGING OF CHEKHOV’S PLAY”
– The Stage (UK)
“THE COSTUMES ARE LAVISH, THE SETS SURREAL, THE AUDIENCES RAPT”
– Financial Times
Canadian debut appearance of Russia’s legendary Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre with a premiere in Toronto of an award-winning production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece “The Cherry Orchard”.
An epitome of measured elegance, Ranevskaya returns to her estate when she learns her beloved orchard is to be sold to pay off debt. Haunted by the all-too-real presence of her dead son, she and her family fail to recognize their plight, living in denial, while the world they know succumbs to the tide of transformation.
A “mystical grotesque, metaphysical thriller” (Carole Woddis), visionary Director Vladimir Mirzoev presents a play that strikes a chord with our times. While The Cherry Orchard embodies the spirit of Russia at the turn of the 20th century, Mirzoev’s contemporary version conveys societal collapse—recognizable in recent events. This emotional and musical production bursts with sexual energy and incredible menace, and features brilliant performances by celebrated Russian screen and stage actors: Victoria Isakova, Aleksander Petrov, and Mikhail Zhigalov, among others.
Duration: 2 hours 50 mins, including an intermission
Performed in Russian with English surtitles