Berkeley Rep describes the play thus:
Mikhail Baryshnikov and the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, bring us an inviting, innovative take on two of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short stories, Man in a Case and About Love. Two hunters trade tales both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive man who falls for a cheerful, extroverted woman; the other about a fellow who relives the story of lost love. Garnering rave reviews and featuring Baryshnikov and a stellar ensemble of artists, Man in a Case is a high-tech fusion of theatre, movement, music, and video that illuminates those rare occasions when we’re offered life-changing possibilities.
Every movement was carefully choreographed and highly stylized; this was less a play than a work of performance art. The story isn't acted so much as pantomimed and narrated, with an intentional distance and stiffness. Some people might find this artsy and engaging, but I don't. So my mind tended to wander, especially since I had no idea what was going on most of the time.
Also, I knew that Baryshnikov wasn't about to do flying leaps across the stage - the man's in his 60s by now! - but I do wish I could have seen him dance a little. There were enough hints in his movements - tightly controlled in his first role as Belikov, more graceful as the lover Alekhin - to make me think that if he wanted to, he could have. Oh well.
Final random note: Baryshnikov is tiny.