In the final act of Chekhov’s lachrymose comedy The Seagull, Nina tells Konstantin: “In our work, what’s important isn’t fame or glamour—it’s the ability to endure.” The Seagull has certainly endured, recovering from its disastrous 1896 premiere to take its place in the pantheon of great drama. Last year, Ian Rickson concluded his tenure at the Royal Court with a joyously received revival, featuring a new translation by Christopher Hampton. Now, Rickson leads his production and his flock of English actors to a Broadway nest. Kristin Scott Thomas again assumes the role of Arkadina; though Chiwetel Ejiofor, the production’s original Trigorin, will not appear, Peter Sarsgaard should make a fetching substitute.
Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 14. Continues through Dec. 21, 2008