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.

Be my baby: Christopher Sieber and Lucas Steele in The Kid
Monique Carboni
Be my baby: Christopher Sieber and Lucas Steele in The Kid


The Kid
By Michael Zam, Jack Lechner, and Andy Monroe
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, 212-279-4200

Dr. Knock, or The Triumph of Medicine
By Jules Romains
Mint Theater
311 West 43rd Street, 212-315-0231

The Forest
By Alexander Ostrovsky
Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street, 212-352-3101

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