When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 1 2016
Nikolai Ivanov has lost his zest for life. His job in the Russian government, his seriously ill wife, the troubling finances of his estate and his growing debts are all slowly suffocating him. His social circle reviles him for spending so much time visiting his friend Lebedev while his wife languishes at home, but Ivanov is compelled to do so; Lebedev's wife holds his debt, and he's continually trying to arrange for another loan to keep everything afloat. The fact that the Lebedevs' daughter is enamored of him only compounds the difficulties Ivanov is facing. His life implodes at a party, but this being a play by Anton Chekhov, the aftermath is filled with even more trials. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents Tom Stoppard's translation of Chekhov's Ivanov at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 15 to May 1) at the Gaslight Theatre (358 North Boyle Avenue; 314-458-2978 or www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35.