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Chekhov’s Orchard Is Classy Gray; Albee Seeks Balance: Review

There’s an atmospheric decaying wooden set, beautiful lighting, a fine ensemble of actors and a sense of seen-it-before in the new staging of “The Cherry Orchard” at the National Theatre in London.

Chekhov’s 1904 play deals with Ranyevskaya (Zoe Wanamaker), a bankrupt landowner who refuses to believe that her beloved estate and cherry orchard are about to be lost.