Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh succumb to the intoxicating power of lust and obsession in the Sydney Theatre Company’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, 'Platonov.' More…
'The Present' unfolds over the course of a raucous weekend birthday celebration in the 1990s Russian countryside. Old flames ignite in this passionate and bitingly comic play. 'The Present' is adapted by Banchett's husband, writer Andrew Upton. Their multi-year tenure leading the Sydney Theatre Company included such watershed productions as' A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Uncle Vanya.' This strictly limited engagement marks the Broadway debuts of both Blanchett and Roxburgh.
See it if You like Kate Blanchett. She does a really good job in this show. Roxburgh, not so much.
Don't see it if Show is slow at times, confusing at times. I was disappointed , thought it would be directed better.
See it if Unwieldly adaptation of unpublished drama by Chekhov. At 3 hr length seems fit for Chekhov geeks only with its hints of later masterpieces
Don't see it if STC keeps us attentive for the 1st act but pretty dismal after that Blanchett solid but evening rightly belongs to Roxburgh He's magnificent
See it if you like Cate Blanchett, curious about an early rarely done Chekhov, enjoy good ensemble work & Chekhov in a modern setting
Don't see it if updated Chekhov aggravates you, scattered work by a novice before he becames accomplished does not impress you, Blanchett not a big draw
See it if you want to see a fascinating modern update of a Chekhov play that is really gripping in moments (and less so in other moments).
Don't see it if a 3-hour slow burn is not your idea of a good time.
See it if you want to enjoy the acting of the consummate pros Blanchette and Roxburgh; excellent ensemble cast; you have a good knowledge of Chekov.
Don't see it if you are looking for an entirely cohesive play and constant action; a short evening of theater;
See it if You like Cate Blanchett on stage and Chekhov plays. There is a large cast and lots of intertwined plots. Expect many twists and turns.
Don't see it if You have no patience for Chekhov. Dislike profanity, heavy drinking, and sex. Cannot interpret Austrlian- British accents.
See it if you love Chekhov.Acting is all over the top, so that means that the director wanted all the hysteria and no subtlety. Set & costumes are ok.
Don't see it if you want to see Chekov done with restraint. Second act fog scene is ridiculous. Too much hysteria throughout the show.
See it if Russian themes explored more thoroughly in later Chekhov work. Great Cate--as usual. Roxburgh is her perfect foil. Toby Schmitz is dreamy.
Don't see it if Long -- but I didn't mind at all. Too many characters require a lot of work to tell apart. Read the program notes before the play starts.
See it if You dont mind an anachronistic mashup of Checkov.
Don't see it if you wouldnt like an inexplicably "modernized" classic. You think Russian literature requires more than Russian surnames.
See it if Blanchett & Roxburgh-great chemistry; adaption of a long, rarely performed Chekhov play; here romantic web tends to overshadow econ. issues
Don't see it if gun shots; long play especially 1st act (but hang in there for 2nd act party); some confusing characters - imp. ones are in author's notes
See it if you want to see Cate Blanchett on stage. She is utterly incredible. The play, however...
Don't see it if 3 hours of a Chekhov-inspired play sounds like misery.
See it if You are a fan of Cate Blanchett, and who isn't? The rest of the cast was great...the play was fine. Made some light moments out of gray
Don't see it if You want a lighter experience, something joyful, and on the shorter side. This ran a full 3 hours
See it if you don't mind some uneven moments punctuated by some refreshingly humorous and quirky decisions. Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh shine.
Don't see it if you don't like Anton Chekhov updates, nor dramas with the "let's-throw-a-group-of-friends-with-pasts-together-and-see-what-happens" recipe.
See it if you are eager to see Cate Blanchett on stage/you have a big old boner for Chekhov
Don't see it if sitting for three+ hours isn't your cup of tea/you need a straightforward plot
See it if You really love cate blanchett. She is my favorite actress and I was very disappointed with the show.
Don't see it if you want to be bored to death and sensitive to loud shots.
See it if you're interested in modernization of Chekov, or you're a Blanchett fan
Don't see it if you like short, clear, fast-paced drama. Or if you're sleepy.
See it if The two leads give star turns as big as Glenn Close in Sunset. You can't take your eyes off Cate Blanchett.
Don't see it if There is a character who does the worst slo-mo run in the history of theater, and I couldn't stop laughing. Not good in a drama.
See it if a modern interpretation of a Chekhov play (starring Cate Blanchett!!!) you haven't seen before sounds interesting.
Don't see it if you're not into Chekhov. There's still a whole lotta talking about nothing happening here, guys.
See it if you want to see a very great actress, Cate Blanchett and a good actor Richard Roxburgh.
Don't see it if If you want a play where everything is believable.
See it if You are a Cate Blanchett fan. You like Chekov.
Don't see it if Way way too long. it was very talky.Boring. Even Cate's character say "I am bored. I am very bored". You want to see you can relate to.
See it if Want to see a great performance by Richard Roxbrough. He steals the show. Interesting take on Chekov. The three hours fly by
Don't see it if Think that Cate Blanchette is the star of the show. Or if you like your comedy ligh
See it if You enjoy long Russian theater pieces. Taken from Chekov; a lot going on between family and friends. Complications abound. Good humor.
Don't see it if You don't like Chekov and long wordy plays. Nothing resolved without violence.
See it if you want to see master actors at peak of craft. Clever drama with wit and pyrotechnics. Best of new interpretation of older classic writer.
Don't see it if you cannot focus intently for nearly 3 hours. Otherwise: brilliant.