Photo courtesy of Jungle Theater
By Rohan Preston
Twin Cities actor Sarah Agnew has been keeping a lot of Broadway company in recent weeks, and not only in New York. Agnew, the dynamo who recently closed a revival of “The Syringa Tree” at the Jungle Theater, is cast in a new version of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” being staged at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park by Tony-winning director John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”).
The production, with a new script by Sarah Ruhl, is full of actors from New York, including St. Paul-bred Laila Robins, who appeared on Broadway in “Frozen,” Frank Wood (“August: Osage County”), Alma Cuervo (“Beauty and the Beast”), Hannah Cabell (“A Man for All Seasons”) and Lynn Cohen (“Ivanov”). The show has all the ingredients for a Broadway transfer, especially since director Doyle mounted “Company” at the same venue before it moved to New York and subsequently won a Tony.
“A transfer is always the hope,” said Agnew, who plays sister-in-law Natasha. Agnew spent three weeks in Manhattan rehearsing with the cast, some of whom were curious about how she landed such a plum job. Well, if they must know, it’s probably due to the playwright, Agnew said. She was praised for her starring turn in Ruhl’s “Dead Man Cell Phone” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the spring. (“A marvel of precision and offhanded charm,” said the Portland Oregonian.)
Ruhl suggested that Agnew audition for her latest work. "I get the sense that her support of me isn't rare or limited to me," she said. "Three Sisters" opens Oct. 29 and closes Nov. 21. In March, Agnew and former Theatre de la Jeune Lune company member Steve Epp are to perform at the Yale Rep in Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” – a comedy that is to be staged by Christopher Bayes, another ex-Jeune Luner.