TITLE: THE SEAGULL
AUTHOR: ANTON CHEKHOV
THE BOTTOM LINE: Its fizzled debut season behind it, Tony Randall's national troupe offers its first creditable production.
Every few years, someone tries to launch a national ensemble to perform the classics, an American equivalent to London's Royal National troupe or Paris' Comedie-Francaise. But the effort has always foundered, often over questions of how to finance it or because the very scope of the ambition stirred audience expectations that no start-up group is likely to meet.
Last season Tony Randall brought his National Actors Theater to Broadway with an overwrought version of The...