July 27, 2012
The response to the New York season has been immense. Here is a sample of the reviews:
The New York Daily News critic Joe Dziemianowicz says: “Chalk it up to a perfect theatrical storm: adaptation, direction and cast. The script by Andrew Upton is crisp and clear and as direct as a poke in the eye. Hungarian director Tamás Ascher’s evocative staging shows care and deep thought at every turn … It’s been noted that laughter and crying are the same release. Expect to do both during this smile- and heartache-inducing Uncle Vanya.”
Full review here: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/oscar-winner-cate-blanchett-leads-sydney-theatre-company-superb-uncle-vanya-lincoln-center-article-1.1120052
Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post says of the all-Australian cast: “Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh (in the title role) lead a fantastic cast, in this Vanya, which reveals a darkly funny side of stereotypically Russian existential distress”.
Full review here:http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/spotlight_on_dark_humor_sOAz99GccVXflb1lagqXVI
According to Jennifer Farrar, reviewing for Associated Press: “Andrew Upton’s innovative adaptation and insightful direction by Tamas Ascher create near-farcical behaviour and situations for some of Chekhov’s famously broody household members … The cast is uniformly strong”.
Full review here: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f9e082fbc8ba434aa0321a86b2b14c68/US–Theater-Review-Uncle-Vanya
Influential website Theatremania’s Andy Propst writes “thanks to an exceptional company, headed by Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, this show simply stuns from beginning to end.”
Bloomberg’s Jeremy Gerard refers to the production as “Sydney Theatre Company’s sublime take on Anton Chekhov’s popular play” and notes that “Richard Roxburgh plays Vanya in a raffish, libidinous performance of bottled rage that turns deeply moving when he finally explodes … Plain-jane Sonya (Hayley McElhinney, in a nuanced, restrained performance) is unknowingly competing with her step-mother for the attention of Astrov (rakishly sensitive Hugo Weaving).”
Full review here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-22/feral-cate-blanchett-seduces-in-uncle-vanya-review.html
Adam Green, writing for Vogue, declares: “Lassitude has never been this exhilarating”.
Full review here: http://www.vogue.com/culture/article/cate-blanchett-arrives-on-the-new-york-stage-in-uncle-vanya/
And finally, Ben Brantley, revered senior critic of The New York Times refers to it as “Sydney Theatre Company’s glorious Uncle Vanya” … “adapted by Andrew Upton into a gritty, spontaneous-sounding vernacular”. He heaps praise on “a uniformly brilliant cast” and says that director Ascher “has delivered what may be the most profoundly physical, and physically profound, interpretation ever of this 1897 play … Working with a cast that dares to spend most of its time onstage somewhere way out on a limb, Mr. Ascher solves the eternal Chekhov conundrum that often brings strong directors to their knees”.
The full review is here: http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/theater/reviews/uncle-vanya-with-cate-blanchett-at-city-center.html?pagewanted=all
Uncle Vanya plays in the Lincoln Center Festival until 28 July, 2012.