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    Uncle Vanya

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    "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes returns to BAM with a limited run of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Brian Friel's new version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya performed in repertory by a stellar cast, marking Mendes' tenth and final year as the Donmar's artistic director. Russell Beale returns as well, in the dual roles of Shakespeare's Malvolio and Chekhov's Vanya (BAM audiences will recall his celebrated Hamlet with the RNT in 2001). Making her US stage debut is two-time Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Hilary & Jackie), in the diametrically opposite roles of Viola and Sonya. Rounding out the lead roles are the inimitable Helen McCrory (Olivia/Yelena) and Mark Strong (Orsino/Astrov), also in their US stage debuts. Mendes chose to link these plays because they are both consummate works about love. In Chekhov's hands, it goes sadly unrequited; Shakespeare allows a happier resolution. Leave it to Mendes to make the inevitably intriguing connections.

    Dates:  Jan. 10, 2003 - March 9, 2003
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    Venue:  Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
    Price:  $30, $55, $75
    Official site:  http://www.bam.org
    Tickets/info:  (718) 636-4100


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