The Cherry Orchard

Chekhov’s dramedy about the demise of a well-to-do family’s estate due to debts and denial feels well-housed in Theater 912’s intimate side venue at ACT. The cast of ex-serfs, servants, and aristocrats teems with good actors, many of whom are equity pros. David Anthony Lewis’s rapacious “developer” Lopakhin leaves no metaphorical knife unturned in his quest for class revenge. Rachel Pate plays chatelaine Liubov Andreyevna on the verge of madness, uttering hurtful observations through a smile as imbecilic as it is genteel. Denial is a river that runs as deep in Russia as in Egypt, but director Terry Edward Moore keeps the tone light. Over a hundred years after the play’s debut, the surrender of class entitlements remains as relevant as foreclosure to creditors, and the house servant’s squeaky shoe continues to amuse. MARGARET FRIEDMAN

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Feb. 19. Continues through March 14, 2010

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