"This is the 100th anniversary of The Cherry Orchard and Chekhov's death, so we did want to stage that play this year," said Brown, who is directing the work with a modern translation. She says it's a pretty straightforward staging, in contrast to Kushner's wildly innovative adaptation of Corneille's 17th-century work. "In effect we have one classical piece that pays tribute to the writer, and then Kushner's play, which is an innovative updating of a classic. So that kind of makes sense."
South Coast Repertory is staging John Strand's adaptation of French playwright Montfleury's Lovers and Executioners.Check out the review in the calendar section.
And, finally, on a serious note, there is a fund-raiser Saturday night for Laura Marchant, a prodigious member of the local theater community—she's worked with loud *R* mouth Theatre Company and the Garage Theatre Company, to name just two. Marchant is undergoing radiation treatment for a malignant brain tumor, a perfect example of terrible things happening to great people. Marchant is a warm, radiant and immensely talented person. Her medical treatments are absurdly expensive, and the fund-raiser, No One Is Alone,will bring together a bunch of seriously talented theater types who will perform music, poetry, dance and humorous sketches. The event, which asks for a $20 donation at the door, begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be staged at the Empire Theater, at 200 N. Broadway, in Santa Ana. For more information, call (714) 547-4688.