NEW York’s critics are raving about the Sydney Theatre Company’s star-studded production of ‘Uncle Vanya’.
The New York Times fell head over heels in love with the STC’s take on the Russian classic, starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, John Bell and Jackie Weaver.
“Glorious,” the newspaper’s reviewer Ben Brantley said. “(STC) has delivered what may be the most profoundly physical, and physically profound, interpretation ever of this 1897 play.”
He praised the “uniformly brilliant cast” but reserved his most gushing praise for the leading lady: “The irrefutable fact of Ms Blanchett’s uncommon loveliness has never been better used.”
Theatre Mania reviewer Andy Propst wrote that the show “simply stuns from beginning to end” and praised Roxburgh’s performance in the title role, and Bloomberg reviewer Jeremy Gerard singled out Hayley McElhinney’s “nuanced, restrained performance” as Sonya.
AP’s Jennifer Farrar praised the “innovative” adaptation by Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton, and “insightful” direction by Hungarian Tamas Ascher, and picked out Blanchett, Weaving, McElhinney, Roxburgh and Bell in the “uniformly strong” cast.