Lincoln Center stages Tom Stoppard's leviathan of a historical tragedy about Russian revolutionaries. Marathon presentation of all three plays in the cycle.
Last "marathon" performance: 5/5/2007 - see the pulldown, above right, for individual performances of the plays.
Tom Stoppard is known for his glittering wordplay, but in this 2002 trilogy, he is curiously restrained, reaching instead for accurate historical portraiture of the minds and souls that fomented the Russian Revolution. And if you can wrap your mind around the fact that Bakunin, that sublime theorist you remember from Poli Sci 201, turns out to look and act a lot like Ethan Hawke, you'll get the gist of the evening.
This is a lavish, period costume drama ("Little House on the Nevsky"), best appreciated by those with a taste for Chekhov or Shaw - there's a lot of talking, and you might as well give up on getting all of the plot and remembering which characters are related, in love, quarrelling, or merely figments of another character's imagination. That said, the production itself will astound. The designers have lifted a page (more like a chapter, really) from the Théâtre du Soleil production at Lincoln Center Festival a couple years back, and the staging is simultaneously sumptuous and curiously austere - folks who go to shows for the cornices and pediments won't be disappointed.
And a partial cast list: Billy Crudup, Richard Easton, Jennifer Ehle, Josh Hamilton, David Harbour, Jason Butler Harner, Ethan Hawke, Amy Irving, Brían F. O’Byrne, and Martha Plimpton.
According to chat board reports, the intermissions/meal breaks between the three plays are roughly 2:00PM - 3:30PM and 6:15PM - 8:00PM. New: official confirmation of this, and recommended dining options here
May be inappropriate for 13 and under. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the theatre.
Some clips from the show - click the arrow twice to play:
2007 Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (Crudup), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Ehle), Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play