Making A Forward Leap

TITLE: THE SEAGULL

AUTHOR: ANTON CHEKHOV

WHERE: BROADWAY

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...

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