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The Present
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The Present

Jul 16, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
Running time: 3:05
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
By Bus: M104, M10, M27, M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.
By Subway: N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre. Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.
Show Description:
Listed at TKTS:
See TKTS Live
$79.00 - $149.00
prices subject to change
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The Sydney Theatre Company's production will offer $45 general rush tickets at each performance when the box office opens. The offer is limited to two tickets per person
Age Guidance: 16
Show Notes
1 Intermission


Orchestra: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only. Mezzanine (second level): 3 flights of stairs up 30 steps. Please note, once on the Mezzanine level there are approximately 2 steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row E of the Front Mezzanine. Wheelchair Seating: 11 aisle seat with folding armrest, 5 wheelchair viewing seats, 4 companion seats.
Seats 1,096.Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front mezzanine and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.
There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.
Central Parking System, 257 West 47th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave); (212) 262-9778 225 West 49th St, 5 pm to 5 am. Port Parking Corporation, 235 West 48th St, (Broadway and 8th Ave);  (212) 245-9421
Curb Ramps
NW corner of 47th St. & Broadway; NE corner of 47th St. & 8th Ave.
Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 47th Street to ticket lobby with push button control; 2nd set (each 27", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.
Box Office
There are two steps into the theatre. Waiter service for wheelchair patrons is available. Theatre is not completely accessible.
Unisex in Ticket lobby. Door 32". Stall 129" x 61.5". Commode 18". Grab bars. Another restroom is located up 2 flights of stairs.
Water Fountain
Ticket lobby. Spout 36".
In lobby, accesible at 54" with utilitiy outlet
Assisted Listening System
Infrared listening system. Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Occasional sign language interpreted performances are scheduled.
Visual Assistance
Vision seats in the front of the orchestra for purchase in person or on the phone.
Folding Armrests
Eleven row-end seats with folding armrests.



Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh lead the Sydney Theater Company in a sparkling production of “The Present,” Andrew Upton’s free-form treatment of Anton Chekhov’s “Platonov.” The original play, an early effort written when the playwright was 21, is quite the shaggy dog — rambling, unfocused and stuffed with gratuitous characters. But the spirit of Chekhovian farce shines bright, and the ensemble work of this Aussie company is just grand.

Blanchett is a living, winning wonder of the stage, and employing her native Australian accent, brings a compelling sense of a widow who, hosting her own 40th birthday party, can see her chances of happiness slipping away. In this transfer from Sydney Theatre Company she is surrounded by a cast of ace Australian actors, including the fine Richard Roxburgh as Platonov. John Crowley’s carefully calibrated production takes its time – it runs to a hefty three hours – but rewards the attention.

---The Stage (UK)
Cate Blanchett aims a gun directly at the audience in the opening moments of The Present, Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Platonov, now playing at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Upton (who is married to Blanchett) has smartly refashioned the much-maligned early Chekhov effort in a way that feels especially relevant to 2017. As we've come to expect from Chekhov, the gun will fire before the play is over...but not for another three hours. 



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