In the last act, it is October, and the trees in the cherry orchard are already being cut down. All the characters are in the process of leaving; Lopakhin will depart to Kharkov for the winter, Varya to the Ragulins', another family that lives fifty miles away. Gayev plans to live in the town, working at a bank, Anya will go off to school, and Ranevksy will leave for Paris with Yasha, to rejoin her lover. Charlotte has no idea what she will do, but Lopakhin assures her he will help her find something. Trofimov and Lopakhin exchange an affectionate if contentious farewell; Yasha leaves Dunyasha, weeping, without a second thought; and Anya tearfully says goodbye to her mother. Anya worries that Firs, who has taken ill, has not been sent to the hospital as he was supposed to be, but Yasha indignantly assures Anya that he has. Ranevsky encourages Lopakhin to propose to Varya; but the proposal is never made—Lopakhin leaves Varya alone, and in tears. Finally, Gayev and Ranevsky bid a tearful farewell to their house. Everyone leaves, locking the doors behind them.
The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov. This new version is by Stephen Karam; directed by Simon Godwin; sets by Scott Pask; costumes by Michael Krass; lighting by Donald Holder; sound by Christopher Cronin; hair and wig design by Paul Huntley; movement by Jonathan Goddard; original music by Nico Muhly; music coordinator, John Miller; literal translation, Allison Horsley; magic consultant, Paul Kieve; vocal coach, Kate Wilson; flight consultant, Thomas Schall; production stage manager, Jill Cordle; production manager, Aurora Productions; general manager, Denise Cooper; associate artistic director, Scott Ellis. Presented by Roundabout Theater Company, Todd Haimes, artistic director; Julia C. Levy, executive director; Sydney Beers, general manager; Steve Dow, chief administrative officer. Through Dec. 4 at American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street, Manhattan; 212-719-1300, . Running time: 2 hour 15 minutes.
WITH: Diane Lane (Ranevskaya), Chuck Cooper (Pischik), Tavi Gevinson (Anya), John Glover (Gaev), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Varya), Harold Perrineau (Lopakhin), Joel Grey (Firs), Kyle Beltran (Trofimov), Tina Benko (Charlotta), Susannah Flood (Dunyasha), Maurice Jones (Yasha), Quinn Mattfeld (Yepikhodov), Peter Bradbury (Passer-by), Philip Kerr (Station Master) and Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis (Ensemble).