Tonight, Voyage -- the first part of Tom Stoppard's mammoth The Coast Of Utopia -- begins its journey on the Great White Way at the Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont.
Directed by Jack O'Brien, the trilogy will continue to unfold over the next couple of months in Shipwreck and Salvage. While the entire, sold-out marathons will extend to a full eight hours when fully presented in February, Voyage consists of a mere three hours.
Lincoln Center describes Voyage as:
Stoppard’s nod to (Anton) Chekhov set at the grand Russian countryside estate of the Bakunin family. Four eligible sisters are under the sway of their charismatic brother, Michael, who interferes in their lives, while fervently seeking a greater purpose in his own. As his political and philosophical journey unfolds, Bakunin’s compatriots will include Vissarion Belinsky, George Herwegh, Karl Marx, Nicholas Ogarev, Nicholas Stankevich, Ivan Turgenev and, of particular note, the visionary leader Alexander Herzen.
New York critics have traditionally heaped laurel after laurel upon Stoppard's previous works, so it will be quite interesting to see how well they receive the first leg of this odyssey with Voyage.
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