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Theater & art

Stage Review

‘Neva’ an overwrought, overwritten drama

One of the high points of last year was the sight and sound of Bianca Amato swanning across the stage of the Huntington Theatre Company as the elegant, carefree, self-confident, and lethally witty Amanda in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,’’ tossing off bon mots like little hand grenades.

In Guillermo Calderón’s ­“Neva,’’ Amato cuts a considerably different figure. She portrays Olga Knipper, the actress and widow of Anton Chekhov, attired in black and steeped in angst.

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