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Theater & art

‘Cherry Orchard’ is new terrain for Shakespeare company

Even Actors’ Shakespeare Project does not live by the Bard alone. Over its past nine seasons, the company has ventured as far afield as Euripides’ “Medea,” John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi,” and Will Eno’s “Middletown.” Now it’s taking on Chekhov with a production of “The Cherry Orchard,” directed by Melia Bensussen.

Chekhov’s work seems never out of favor, but these days he seems particularly popular in Boston. Apollinaire Theatre Company opened “Uncle Vanya” in December 2011; last summer Harbor Stage presented “The Seagull” in Wellfleet and then took it to Boston in September. Later this month, Mikhail Baryshnikov will bring “Man in a Case,” an adaptation of two Chekhov short stories, to the Cutler Majestic Theatre, and then next month, the Huntington Theatre Company will open its production of “The Seagull,” with Kate Burton, who starred as Ranevskaya in the Huntington’s “Cherry Orchard” in 2007.

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