LOS ANGELES -- The Anteus Company, a classical theatre ensemble, recently
unveiled its brand-new home with an enjoyable production of four short
plays by Anton Chekhov. Under the umbrella title of CHEKHOV X 4, the evening
offered versions of The Proposal, The Anniversary, The Bear and Swan Song,
all of which had separate directors and casts.
With a large part of its 70-person company showcased, Anteus delivered
the goods, Working from fresh translations by Nicholas Saunders and Frank
Dwyer, directors Sabin Epstein, Michael Michetti, Stephanie Shroyer and
Andy Robinson mined Chekhov's comedies for maximum laughs, going over
the top only once (with The Anniversary, a farce that Michetti allowed
to become a burlesque).
many splendid performances, production values were solid, and Eugene Alper
provided appropriately lugubrious Russian song interludes. (New Place
Theater Center, 4860 Vineland Ave, NOHo. Call (818) 506-5436)