Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher DurangNominated for six Tony Awards®, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 2018
An Analysis of Durang's Vanya and Sona and Masha and Spike
Not exactly buy one, get one free. Vanya, Sonia and Masha were all named after Chekhov characters by their theatre-loving parents, with Spike the only outsider although his real name happens to be Vlad. Masha, played as thoughtlessly narcissistic yet also vulnerable by the splendid Janie Dee, is a famous film star no longer in her prime, who has returned with toy boy Spike to their Pennsylvania farmhouse to rescue her finances by selling it off. Director Walter Bobbie, a Tony-award winner himself for the Broadway revival of Chicago, marries the broadly comic satire with the inevitable Chekhovian cloak of self-pity. There are large servings of theatrical in-jokes, but ample madcap activity as well, and a moving moment of longing from Vanya for the simple life of old. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts. The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in
The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house., Indeed, you can mark this down as a shimmering example of an out-of-town production improving the touted original.
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Christopher Durang, always clever and inventive, has taken four characters from different Chekhov plays and transported them to the countryside of Bucks County, PA. Nicholas Martin directs with an in-your-face this-is-a-joke spirit. The device gives Durang a chance to conflate modern angst with hoary Chekhov anguish. Inside you can see a homey spindle-backed chair. Around are grass, flowers, and shrubs.