The Theater: The Old Vic: Part II

On sack and ale they had nourished: opening on Broadway in Shakespeare's Henry IV (TIME, May 20), England's Old Vic seemed lustily alive. But vodka was not quite their drink; and in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya last week the Old Vic did some noticeable stumbling.

The trouble was twofold: they had neither chosen too wisely nor performed too well. Playing Chekhov in another language must always discolor him a little; and to offer U.S. audiences a perceptibly British version of Chekhov is to discolor him further. Moreover, the reserved and chin-up British are not entirely...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!