She is just so damn present. One hundred percent there, in the space doing and being. One hundred percent alive and truthful, even when she’s staring off ‘disengaged’ from the person talking to her. Cate Blanchett has that gift. and it serves her well in this awkward, uneven production. It’s messy Chekov, adapted by Mr Blanchett aka Andrew Upton. It’s infused with humor but the bones of this beast cannot avoid becoming a clumsy staggering mess once it’s all fleshed out.