Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for January 2011
BY Brandon Voss
February 01 2011 6:10 PM ET
Two years after doing Uncle Vanya, director Austin Pendleton reunites real-life couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard in this ebullient revival of Anton Chekhov's drama about a family — Jessica Hecht, who played lesbian Susan on Friends, shines as Olga the spinster school mistress — trapped in provincial Russian existences. But in Paul Schmidt’s vital translation, one expects these chicks might finally make it to Moscow.
Classic Stage Company, through March 6.
The New York Idea
Helmed by Mark Brokaw with a curiously reworked script by Proof’s David Auburn, Langdon Mitchell’s 1906 comedy about the impending marriage of two divorcees — scandalous! — and their meddlesome ex-spouses gets an attractive if uninspired revival by Atlantic Theater Company with Drop Dead Diva’s Jaime Ray Newman. Refreshingly, I was never sure which couple I was supposed to root for, but I also wasn’t sure I cared.
Lucille Lortel Theatre, through February 26.