Just because Billy Crudup’s character — the Russain lit critic Vissarion Belinksy – expires from consumption in part two of Tom Stoppard’s legit trilogy “The Coast of Utopia” doesn’t mean that the thesp won’t be haunting Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont for the play’s upcoming third installment.
“I’ll be there in the audience every night, giving you my notes,” Crudup told co-star Jason Butler Harner on the opening night of “Coast”‘s second part, “Shipwreck.” “And I’ll be saying, ‘You’re terrible!”
Amidst such camaraderie, the mood was quite light at an after-party following the weighty, sprawling play about 19th-century Russian revolutionaries: Ethan Hawke held court in a black vest seemingly not bothering to change out of one of his costumes, while Jennifer Ehle instead changed from her period frocks and wig into ratty jeans and a leather jacket to gracefully accept compliments at the Avery Fisher Hall dinner.
Meantime, Martha Plimpton couldn’t sit still, flitting about and successfully working the room. “Wait till you see the next part,” enthused the show’s director Jack O’Brien when asked how he’s managed to create a legit show that’s staged like a perfectly shot film. “I’m gonna blow this shit up!”