review: uncle vanya, sydney theatre company, sydney by kat hartmann

Photo courtesy of Lisa Tomasetti © 2010

We’re in the mist of a Chekhov festival. After taking in the Australian Theatre for Young People and Cry Havoc co-production of Three Sisters last month and then graduating to the Sydney Theatre Company’s opening night performance of Uncle Vanya on Saturday, we’re beginning to consider ourselves quite the inexperienced experts. Not a bad playwright to patronage, we say.

STC's Co-Artistic Director, Andrew Upton has adapted Chekhov's Uncle Vanya for the STC main stage this season, playing to the strengths of the blue-ribbon Australian cast.

Cate Blanchett is captivating as the hollow, perennially listless Elena Andreyevna Serebryakov, a stunning beauty who passively demands the attention of all surrounding her. Richard Roxburgh’s depiction of the title character, Ivan Petrovitch Voynitsky “Uncle Vanya” moves from hopelessly depressed single man, lamenting the loss of his life, to family jester with style and seamless ease.More...

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joel edgerton says...

Joel Edgerton hardly needs an introduction. As a star of film, TV and theatre and one of Sydney’s best-loved exports, he has appeared in episodes 2 and 3 of the Star Wars trilogy, alongside Cate Blanchett on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, in his AFI Award-nominated role in TV’s The Secret Life of Us, and recently, in the acclaimed Animal Kingdom, among other things. Here he talks to The Waiting City director Claire McCarthy about his latest film and what it was like shooting in India.

Covered: The beauty of India, drawing crowds of adoring fans, filming for 18 hours on a train, doing another prequel.

Claire McCarthy: What attracted you to being involved with The Waiting City?

Joel Edgerton: It’s always a script that attracts me to a project first. I loved your script and the story itself drew me right in. The icing on the cake was that the film was set and to be shot in India.More...

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