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The Russians! - starring virtually the entire ensemble - is Tom Lanoye’s radical adaptation of Chekhov’s Ivanov and Platonov, in which the title’s heroes meet for the first time. Ivanov feels trapped in a marriage with a Jewish woman. He dives into a romance with the younger Sasha. When his wife catches him with his mistress, she reacts furiously and dies. His feeling of uselessness increases and becomes a noose around his neck. Platonov, the village teacher, is married but this doesn’t stop him from courting a host of other women. His debauched lifestyle charms his friends for some time, but his credit slowly dwindles.

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