Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov
Six years after he virtually showed up in Times Square in Louis Malle's brilliant though somewhat misleadingly titled film Vanya on 42nd Street, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya has become something of a regular visitor to New York. The last Lincoln Center Festival included a mostly good Uncle Vanya from the Gate Theater in Dublin, starring Niall Buggy. Jeff Cohen's uneven but oddly interesting West Virginian adaptation Uncle Jack opened in the fall at the Worth Street Theater, with a splendid performance by Gerald Anthony in the title role. And now the Roundabout Theater has brought the original play to Broadway?well, really a slick new British translation of it by Mike Poulton?in a production directed by Michael Mayer and starring the extraordinary Derek Jacobi.