The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Feb. 13, 1956

Uncle Vanya (by Anton Chekhov) is off-Broadway's latest good deed. This time though the playhouse is a tiny one on the lower East Side, the players include Cinemactor Franchot Tone and other Broadway names. Directing Vanya, as he earlier did The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, David Ross has scrupulously put Chekhov's intentions first: if he sometimes falters with so trickily delicate a play, he oftener succeeds. Chekhov's provincial tale of pathetically muffed chances and comically muddled lives, of a pompous fool for whom better people have toiled and a shallow woman with whom better men are infatuated, is wonderfully...

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