Theater: Shakespeare, Chekhov & Co.

Silver anniversary at Ontario's Stratford Festival

Two salvos of cannon fire traditionally open the Stratford Festival in Ontario. From now to Oct. 18, salvos will follow in the form of productions mounted by the festival's indefatigable artistic director, Robin Phillips. Herewith, a trio of openers.

UNCLE VANYA

by Anton Chekhov

Chekhov had a matchless co-author —the audience. That is what makes him actor-proof. Any of his plays may be somewhat miscast, or slightly askew in performance, as this Stratford production of Uncle Vanya is, yet the audience customarily leaves the theater in a state of...

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