(Nancy Groves’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/10.)

So this is 40, Chekhov style. Marriage in all its variety: new, old, convenient, less so, or never on the cards in the first place. Presents, parties, pills, guns, growing old disgracefully and bottle after bottle of vodka.

Chekhov’s first untitled play, usually called Platonov, is a curious piece. Both Michael Frayn and David Hare had a go at wrestling its 300-odd pages into English. Now it’s Andrew Upton trying his hand at an adaptation in his final season at the helm of Sydney Theatre Company.

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/10/the-present-review-cate-blanchett-and-richard-roxburgh-ageing-disgracefully

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