Thursday, March 31, 2016

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' puts the 'fun' in 'dysfunctional' at Orlando Shakes

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:35 AM

click to enlarge LUKE EVANS
  • Luke Evans
Christopher Durang takes on Anton Chekhov in this comedy at Orlando Shakes. Durang, known for his biting absurdism, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 for this mashup of Chekhovian characters and themes. Vanya (a name borrowed from Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, along with significant portions of the plot) and his sister Sonia live on an estate in rural Pennsylvania, supported financially by their movie-star sister, Masha. When Masha returns home unexpectedly with her young boyfriend in tow, the siblings’ lives get thrown into upheaval for a weekend that includes a costume party, striptease, infidelity and voodoo. Arrive early on opening night for hors d’oeuvres and a brief chat with director Eleanor Holdridge to gain some insight, but as Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, “Even if you’ve never read a word of Chekhov, you’re likely to find plenty to make you laugh.”

pre-show 6:15 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. April 1 | through May 1 | Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | orlandoshakes.org | $21-$46

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