Harder to bring off, The Forest also suffers from Kathleen Tolan's erratic, tonally muddled adaptation. In this bitter-tinged romantic comedy, a rich widow's knotted-up lech for a much younger man gets disentangled through the connivances of a shabby strolling player. Director Brian Kulick's comic sense is too coarse to keep up with the play's sly shifts; Dianne Wiest and John Douglas Thompson, as widow and traveling tragedian respectively, have to do much heavy lifting to keep the comedy aloft. Still, this pre-Chekhov picture of Russian country life bears scrutiny. More rarities, please.