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The Present - Broadway

$79-$149

Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov's untitled first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright's death.



Andrew Upton's adaptation is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.

Schedule

Running Time: Three hours, with one intermission

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

(New York, NY)
243 West 47th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Present


Theater Review: Cate Blanchett Boosts Up The Present (And So Does Her Underwear) - Vulture
... if the politics of this Platonov revamp are apt enough, the drama still founders on the play's inability to link them convincingly to the nearly farcical social comedy of individuals at loose ends. Partly this is because the production, directed somewhat bumpily by John Crowley, keeps the politics at bay for too long while it focuses on the radiating damage an empty man can cause at great removes, like a storm surge. We do not really understand the stakes until it's too late, which may be accurate for the characters but undermines the audience. Chekhov's famous dramaturgical dictum - "one must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off" - is meticulously observed here; the General's old pistol is all but spotlit throughout. But however much damage it finally causes, it isn't enough to turn The Present, which operates best as a comedy, into the tragedy it seems to wish it were. It would take Chekhov another 20 years to figure out how to make the two things into one.

Cate Blanchett makes a stellar Broadway debut in The Present – review - The Telegraph
: Few actors can juggle successful film and theatre careers simultaneously. But Cate Blanchett has made it look astonishingly easy, winning two Oscars while also starring in Sydney Theatre Company productions of Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Maids, among others. For her Broadway debut in The Present, at the Barrymore Theatre, she shares top billing with fellow Aussie Richard Roxburgh, and the fireworks set up to mark her character's 40th birthday at the end of the first act of this adaptation of Chekhov's Platonov aren't the only sparks igniting in this intense, invigorating three-hour show.


 

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by Walter McBride - March 15, 2017
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh just got their own present from Sardi's yesterday. The Australian actors, currently starring in THE PRESENT on Broadway, just unveiled their very own caricatures at the Theatre District hotspot. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day and you can check out photos below!
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2017
This week, THEATER TALK welcomes actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, now appearing on Broadway in the acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present - an adaptation by Andrew Upton of Anton Chekhov's first play Platonov. The charismatic and articulate duo provides a master class in acting techniques and playing Chekhov in this rewarding episode of the series.
by TV News Desk - March 7, 2017
Cate Blanchett stopped by THE LATE SHOW Friday night to discuss making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT.
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2017
The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT announces a digital lottery beginning today, Wednesday, February 15. The digital lottery will be powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatregoers access to affordable tickets through multiple social networks.
by TV News Desk - January 31, 2017
On this morning's LIVE WITH KELLY, Cate Blanchett discussed making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT and shared what happened when her 8-year-old son came to see the show!
by TV News Desk - January 24, 2017
On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guest Cate Blanchett chatted with Jimmy about living in New York City and making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT.
by TV - Opening Night Special - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by BWW News Desk - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Walter McBride - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Walter McBride - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Michael Dale - January 9, 2017
Those introspective, philosophical, womanizing man-children who inhabit the oeuvre of Anton Chekhov tend to be annoying bores, so even though the unpublished manuscript discovered after the playwright's death has been posthumously named after, its leading man, Platonov, it's no surprise that it's the leading lady who gets all the juicy material.
by Review Roundups - January 8, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, The Present opens tonight at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by BWW News Desk - January 6, 2017
The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT opens Sunday, January 8. Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, THE PRESENT is directed by John Crowley at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016
Actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov's THE PRESENT, stopped by this morning's GOOD MORNING AMERICA to discuss the production.
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016
Today, December 29th, actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov's The Present, will appear on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA. BWW will bring you video of the appearance as soon as it becomes available.
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2016
ABC has announced that on Thursday, December 29th, actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov's THE PRESENT, will appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2016
The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT begins performances tomorrow, Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm. Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, THE PRESENT is directed by John Crowley and opens Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017.
by TV - Press Previews - December 9, 2016
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh will be joined by the entire original cast of The Present when Sydney Theatre Company's production of Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play opens on Broadway. The limited season commences previews at the Barrymore Theatre on 17 December 2016, opening on 8 January and closing on 19 March 2017.
by Walter McBride - December 9, 2016
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh will be joined by the entire original cast of The Present when Sydney Theatre Company's production of Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play opens on Broadway. The limited season commences previews at the Barrymore Theatre on 17 December 2016, opening on 8 January and closing on 19 March 2017. See brand new photos of the cast of the production below.
by Walter McBride - December 9, 2016
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh will be joined by the entire original cast of The Present when Sydney Theatre Company's production of Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play opens on Broadway. The limited season commences previews at the Barrymore Theatre on 17 December 2016, opening on 8 January and closing on 19 March 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show's Broadway marquee below!