A Little Night Music

Trevor Nunn stages the 1973 Hugh Wheeler–Stephen Sondheim classic with a minimum of dash and wit and a maximum of maudlin portentousness and vulgar crotch-rubbing. Other problems of Nunn’s reductive redux include a small, thin orchestra, ugly set and uneven cast. The only reason to return is to see the production's new stars, Elaine Stritch and the delicately pert Bernadette Peters, who invests “Send in the Clowns” with shocking pathos and sorrow.—David Cote