After a sold-out Sydney season in 2015, the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present heads to New York City for a strictly limited season on Broadway with its full original Australian cast.
The Present is Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s first play, a tale of yearning, vodka and shattered dreams.
Directed by John Crowley, the stellar ensemble cast includes Anna Bamford (Maria), Cate Blanchett (Anna), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Marquee’s Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Richard Roxburgh (Platonov), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).
Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge, with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is composer and sound designer.
Undeniably the entire company are hugely talented and work together in great cohesion, however in many reviews it is to be noted Marquee’s Jacqueline Mckenzie is being frequently acknowledged for her incredible performance
…The entire company of 13 has been with the production since it debuted in Sydney in 2015, and that commitment shows both in the depth of the individual characterizations and the sparks of their interactions. While there’s not a weak link in the ensemble, I particularly enjoyed McKenzie’s increasingly single-minded Sophia…
— The Hollywood Reporter
“Clever, compelling and rich in character”, “It owes its success to the stellar work not only of Blanchett, but of the entire 13-member cast” ★★★★ The Telegraph
“This is a Broadway debut for both leads and for the Sydney Theater Company itself. Is it too soon to ask them back?” Variety
“John Crowley’s frenzied, engaging production” NBC 4 New York
“Uproarious, fast, and funny.” The Daily Beast
“What’s most surprising about John Crowley’s expertly calibrated production is how funny it is, while remaining true to themes of disillusionment, class breakdown and unfulfilled love” The Hollywood Reporter
“A tantalizing adaptation, both very funny and very moving.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Blanchett and this splendid company need no help with the fireworks.” Newsday
“Witty and modern … a thrilling ride between tragedy and comedy.” Zeal NYC
“Such esteemed playwrights as Michael Frayn and David Hare have taken cracks at bringing [Platonov] to the stage, but it is Upton’s The Present that is the most likely to endure.” The Wrap
“Through a fresh set of circumstances, Upton captures the spirit of Chekhov’s dark humor much better than a more traditional production of Platonov ever could.” Theater Mania
“John Crowley’s carefully calibrated production takes its time – it runs to a hefty three hours – but rewards the attention.” The Stage
“A high-octane, brilliantly performed production.” NorthJersey.com
“This is currently the most stunning ensemble on a New York stage.” Lighting and Sound America
You can read an exclusive interview with the Sydney Morning Herald from Jacqueline McKenzie about her preparation for this role by clicking here!