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Chekhov in Cambridge

Central Square theater company presents The Cherry Orchard


The Central Square Theater in Cambridge will perform Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard tonight through February 1.

Spring may be three months away, but the cherry blossoms are in full bloom at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge. Actors from the Nora Theatre Company will present Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s final play, The Cherry Orchard, tonight, January 8, through February 1.

The play, which debuted at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, tells the story of a wealthy Russian family that returns to their childhood estate in a futile attempt to save it from being sold at an auction. Translated by George Malko, the story examines the socio-economic forces of early 20th-century Russia, including the emancipation of the serfs, the rise of the middle class, and the sinking of the aristocracy.

The Central Square Theater is located at 450 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Performances take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults, $22 for seniors (65+), and $18 for students with valid IDs. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $12. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 866-811-4111. For more information, call 617-576-9278.

Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.


One Comment on Chekhov in Cambridge

  • Olga on 02.02.2009 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks so much for this article. I went to see the play after reading this, and it was fantastic! A new translation was done specifically for the production, and as a Russian-speaker, I can attest to the quality and charm. I also stayed for a discussion between the translator, the director, and a BU professor of Russian after the performance, which was very interesting. Thanks again!

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