A Real Housewife of Russia, Ivan Turgenev Edition

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage in 'A Month in the Country.' Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage in 'A Month in the Country.' (Joan Marcus)

Decades before Anton Chekhov’s plays about the struggles of existence among ostensibly successful and wealthy Russians, Ivan Turgenev wrote A Month in the Country, a play that contains many elements of Chekhov’s more famous works. There’s a bored, young wife on a country estate and men who orbit her in varying degrees of attraction and repulsion.

The play has been given a rare revival this season by the Classic Stage Company. The production features two stars currently appearing in popular television shows: Taylor Schilling from “Orange Is the New Black” and Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones.”

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood shares his thoughts on this classic 19th century play as produced with actors of 21st century fame.

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