Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Playwright Christopher Durang is best known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. Now with his latest Tony award winning effort, he has dared to take from Anton Chekhov some names and themes, put them into his creative blender and come up with a modern production that the New York Times described as a “sunny play about gloomy people”!

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a comedy that pokes fun at Chekov’s universal truths (although you definitely do not have to be a Chekovian to enjoy it). Here we have Vanya and Sonia, brother and sister, creatures of habit spending their days in their parents’ old house in modern day Pennsylvania. Enter sister Masha the vain, famous, fading actress of shlock horror movies who thinks she would have been wonderful doing the classics (oh yes and a veteran of five marriages).

Add to the mix Masha’s too-young lover Spike, who loves to show off his physique, Nina the star struck ingénue and Cassandra the cleaning lady and soothsayer who sees into the (very immediate) future and uses voodoo dolls to good effect, and you now have a hilarious show that is smart and pleasing to all.