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Theatre | Brod­sky/Barysh­nikov Jan. 24 to 28, Win­ter Gar­den Theatre

Mikhail Barysh­nikov, the charis­matic dancer who made bal­let sexy in the ’70s, has segued into act­ing: he did Chekhov, won a Tony for his role in Meta­mor­pho­sis and in­fa­mously ro­manced Car­rie Brad­shaw on Sex and the City. His lat­est the­atri­cal ad­ven­ture is an avant-garde read­ing of po­ems by the ex­iled Rus­sian writer and for­mer gu­lag in­mate Joseph Brod­sky, whom Barysh­nikov be­friended at a party in New York in 1974. His works, read in Rus­sian with English sur­titles, cover des­ti­tu­tion, mor­tal­ity and the fragility of the nat­u­ral world. Barysh­nikov chan­nels all the gloom and doom he can muster: he bel­lows, ru­mi­nates and twists around a wrought iron, cage-like room as he pays trib­ute to his late friend.

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