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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In March 2002, I watched what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I thought: "Wow, Jessica Stone is going to get really great reviews." She was so good.

First Nighter: Christopher Durang's 'Beyond Therapy' Back After Its Time

David Finkle | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Unfortunately, when the dark comedy opened 33 years ago, mocking therapeutic practice as a comic ploy was already wearing a beard. Imagine how tired it is now as material for belly laughs.

A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher Durang's Antic Vanya

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.30.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

You don't need to know Anton Chekhov's melancholy classics to giggle and guffaw at Vanya and friends, though some familiarity doesn't hurt. All you really need is the ability to laugh at human excesses, foibles and vanities.

The Rise of the Comedy?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I genuinely did not know what to expect going into The Explorers Club. What I saw was a madcap diversion -- a hilarious way to take your mind of your troubles (for a couple of hours at least). Do you really need anything more?

Tony Night: The After-Parties

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.16.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Tony night. The biggest night of the year for the theater industry (not gross-wise) and for me personally. This year it was a little more of a mess th...

Tony Winner Emily Mann on Girls Night at the Tonys

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Angela Bonavoglia

If McCarter Theater Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann's acceptance speech at the Tonys for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play was gracious, so also were the circumstances under which she came to give it.

Best Play Goes To...

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has won the best play Tony Award. The play, which takes character...

It's Tony Week! Who Should Win?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, Matilda, will win Best Musical. (There is a groundswell of support for Kinky Boots.)

First Nighter: Tom Hanks, Other Talkative Tony 2013 Nominees Spark Their Press Brunch

David Finkle | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Harvey Fierstein was wearing kinky running shoes by New Balance because, according to him, "I have fat feet." Yes, but where was it that he especia...

A 'Great Peacock Of A Person'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.26.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- The good news for Sigourney Weaver was that her friend, the playwright Christopher Durang, had a juicy part for her in a new play. It woul...

Coping and Laughing With Uncle Vanya

Matt Budd | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Coffee cups crashing to the floor upset a tranquil Bucks County morning at the opening of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike the hilarious new Christopher Durang play now running at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.

LiLo, Ancient Greek Drama And Voodoo

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- In most theaters, the sight of someone pulling out a cellphone and texting during a performance is very much frowned upon. In the world of...

Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Rex Reed | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

I advise you to give up trying to figure out how everyone fits into assorted productions of Chekhov and just sit back and allow Christopher Durang's Harvard-honed wit and fine sense of camp to creep over you like a parlor game, directed with economy and finesse by the brilliant Nicholas Martin.

Twas the Night Before Christmas and You Still Need Gift Advice

Cara Joy David | Posted 02.25.2013 | New York
Cara Joy David

Some of you still want to give the last minute gift of theater tickets. It is always hard to recommend theater for people you do not know, but this season I have some generic recommendations for all.

Chekhov, Post-Internet

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Toward the end of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang's slight new comedy now at Lincoln Center, David Hyde Pierce, playing the character Vanya, delivers a lengthy diatribe against tweets, texts, e-mails, and all things that are reducing human communication to voiceless shorthand and symbols. It's the funniest thing in the show, and thereby lies one of the problems.

First Nighter: Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and What Else Is New?

David Finkle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There's a huge difference between sketch-writing and playwriting, but Christopher Durang often seems to have trouble remembering what it is.

Chekhov, For The Modern Pennsylvania Set

AP | LAURI NEFF and MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.29.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce are teaming up to play siblings this fall as both make a return to the stage in a Chekhov-inspired ...