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Andre Gregory on “Vanya on 42nd Street”

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Theater director Andre Gregory talks about putting on a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse in the 1990s, with actors Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes. The project became the film “Vanya on 42nd Street,” directed by Louis Malle, which was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD for Criterion.

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André Gregory

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cR from New Jersey

Andre - I watched Vanya on 42nd Street again this weekend. I can't say how many times I've watched it. Thank you so much for making this film - I love it. You fall in love with your actors? Well I fall in love with Wallace Shawn every time. Nanny, Maman, Waffles, Sonya, the Professor - all of them. Julianne Moore I love playing, teasing, laughing with WS. The scenes between her and Larry Pine are somewhat difficult for me, obscure. Well, maybe I just need to live some more to understand better. I've been reading about Chekhov's frustration over how seriously, dourly, Stanislavsky staged his plays - I think he would approve of the zest, the humor, you bring to Vanya, which in no way compromises the gravitas. So much life. Again, thank you for such a wonderful work of art. Be well.

Jul. 28 2014 04:06 PM

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