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Vanya On 42nd Street


New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a rundown theater.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It offers a unique viewing at a work in progress.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A lovely, intimate rethinking of Anton Chekhov's Russian classic Uncle Vanya.

- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It strips Chekhov to its bare bones and its that simplicity of the production as well as the upfront acknowledgement of the artifice of this performance and the theatre in general that makes this work so well. I also like that Louis Malle just decided to film what the actors and Andre Gregory had put together over their extensive rehearsal and improvisation process without trying to transform it into something else, because whats there is pretty damn remarkable. Its some of the very best ensemble work I've ever seen.

- fb20312798, Thursday, March 1, 2012

5 stars

Amazing. Louis Malle makes a film about the love for the theater, and the love for the art, and the joy, the insight that it provides to life. All the cast is exemplary, but I think Brooke Smith is the revelation here. It takes a while to grow on you, but if you go past the first few slow minutes, you're about to experience a real journey into the heart of the thespian mystery.

- anastasia57001, Friday, October 30, 2009

4 stars

Once it gets going, you forget there's no costumes or set.

- threefolddado, Friday, June 27, 2008